raising money to support brother knight, Anthony Welch, who will be joining
the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in early September. Read Anthony's story below.
Anthony is the son of Ken and Theresa
Welch, parishioners here at Assumption church in Granger. He grew up in Des Moines, and graduated
from Dowling Catholic High School in 2008 and then attended Benedictine
College where he studied Theology and Philosophy graduating in 2012.
While in college he joined the group FOCUS, the
Fellowship of Catholic University Students. Being part of FOCUS transformed
his faith, and helped to develop a personal relationship with Christ and His
Church. As Anthony prepared for graduation he knew that he wanted to work
with FOCUS, and "give back" to the organization that gave him so much.
For the past two years Anthony has
worked as a full-time Catholic missionary with FOCUS. This work has sent him
to New Jersey and Virginia where he led men in bible studies, and
mentored/trained them to do the same with their peers. FOCUS then took Anthony to Comayagua,
Honduras where his group helped catechize Catholics living in rural mountain
villages; and also to Kolkata, India where they served the poorest of the
poor and worked alongside Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity.
All of these experiences have helped
Anthony discern a call to join the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFRs).
This fall, Anthony and eight other men will enter a ten-month period of
discernment with the Friar community in New York. During this time they will live the life of a friar and live
according to their constitutions, but have not yet professed vows. This time
of discernment is the first step in joining the community and becoming a
Unlike priests who attend the
seminary as young men with the financial support of their local parishes and
the diocese, Anthony chose a different path and financed his own
education. However, before he can
join the Franciscan Friars, he must first take a vow of poverty and that
starts with paying down his remaining college debt. The money raised will be donated to the Friars and earmarked
for Anthony's benefit.
1. Stop by the Hotrods & Hogs car and bike show on
Saturday, August 2nd for a great time and a great meal!
2. Be a part of our campaign by registering for a donation
code and then help us raise money by emailing this page and your personal
donation code to your friends and family.
3. Make a simple donation online using the donation
God Bless You!
Franciscan Friars of the Renewal:
Taken from the Franciscan Friars of
the Renewal Constitution - "The primary mission of our community is
a wholehearted embracing of Jesus Christ and our Holy Father St. Francis.
Through our commitment to prayer and contemplation, the study of Sacred
Scripture, and our fidelity to the Church and the Sacraments, our fraternal
life, and our generous service to others, especially the poor, we receive
nourishment necessary to live out our lives as sons of St. Francis in the
to watch "A Day in the Life" of a Franciscan Friar.