St. Anthony's Seminary

Endowment Fund

St. Anthony’s Seminary in El Paso is the house of theological studies for the Franciscan Province of Sts. Peter and St. Paul of Michoacán, México. Franciscans are preparing to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the arrival of the Franciscan movement in Mexico in 2024.

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About this Fund

St. Anthony's Seminary was founded in 1936 by Fray Buenaventura Nava during a time when religious schools were being persecuted in Mexico. Nava was living in Tularosa, New Mexico and moved to El Paso to open a seminary for young men from Mexico who wanted to study to become Franciscan priests. Started in 1963 as a way to raise money to pay the utilities for the seminary and to support the theological studies of Franciscan friars, the annual St. Anthony’s Seminary Bazaar has become a family tradition and must-attend affair, famous for its music, gorditas, enchiladas and fun. When you give to this fund, you create more opportunities for men to become Franciscan friars and serve the Church.

Upcoming Events

September 23, 2021

15th Annual Foundation of Faith Event: Ignite Your Hearts

We are going VIRTUAL in 2021 with the dynamic Mark Hart and musical guest Israel Houghton! The event will be live streamed on YouTube. Going virtual means that we can reach more people, raise more funds to support this great mission, and you get to have more fun!

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Other Ways to Give

In addition to online donations, there are a variety of ways you can donate to support this fund.

By Phone or Mail

To donate by phone, please call:
(915) 872-8412
(Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT)

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