St. Anthony Seminary in El Paso is the house of theological studies for the Franciscan Province of Sts. Peter and Paul of Michoacán, México. Franciscans are preparing to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the arrival of the Franciscan movement in Mexico in 2024.
St. Anthony 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 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.
Endowed funds provide a vehicle through which individuals make outright or planned gifts that will have an everlasting impact on the ministry/parish/school. In time the income generated by the gift will far exceed the original donation.
As a result, endowed funds provide a perpetual, supplemental source of income for such things as the enhancement of programs and ministries, facilities maintenance, scholarships and seminary assistance, priest retirement, etc. Learn more about endowed funds.
In addition to online donations, there are a variety of ways you can donate to support this fund.
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Monthly giving is a powerful way to provide sustainable, long-term support. As little as $20 (66 cents a day) can make a difference for the people helped by the parishes, schools, ministries, and charities in the Diocese of El Paso.
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Donors may create a Named Fund benefiting the endowed fund of their choice with a gift or pledge of $10,000 or more over a five-year period. If you're interested in creating a legacy in honor or memory of a loved one, contact us online or call (915) 872-8412.