St. Anthony Parish celebrates 100 years

By | June 24, 2009


Bishop David Ricken joins St. Anthony parishioners for a photo following the parish’s centennial Mass June 14. (Sam Lucero | The Compass)

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To view a slide show of photos from St. Anthony’s centennial Mass, go to this link.

In his homily, Bishop Ricken acknowledged the Franciscan priests, sisters and brothers who served the parish during most of its history, as well as the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.


He called the parish centennial “truly a diocesan celebration.”

“Any time we have such a marker in faith and in history, it’s something for the entire people of God to celebrate,” he said.

Bishop Ricken said he would like to see one of the parish’s earlier traditions return: eucharistic processions on the feast of Corpus Christi.

“Fr. Dave (Kiefer, pastor of St. Anthony) was telling me you had a wonderful custom here, your eucharistic processions on the feast of Corpus Christi,” he said. “Maybe next year you can recover that beautiful tradition. They’re very important for the faith life of the community.”

He said the Corpus Christi processions can give witness to the rest of the world. “It’s really neat that each community sees the (faith) community walking in pilgrimage with the precious body and blood of our Lord.”

At the end of Mass, Fr. Kiefer thanked the parish community for having a positive influence on his ministry.

“Your faith, your compassion have been wonderful examples for me, prodding me to change in my own life,” said Fr. Kiefer. He reminded the community that church is more than a building; it is the community that worships inside the building. “Today we celebrate this people of God.”

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