St. Anthony’s Friary was established in 1974 as a house of formation for the friars of the English province preparing for their priestly ministry. Now it is a home for student friars from from various jurisdictions and missions of the Order who are attending renewal or formation programmes at the Study Centre. Situated adjacent to the campus of the University of Kent, on a hill overlooking the ancient city of Canterbury, St. Anthony’s Friary offers an excellent environment for study and reflection as well. It is an ideal centre for the friars who wish to follow more intensely the intellectual tradition and contemplative aspects of our charism.
Canterbury, the Cathedral City, is renowned since the Middle Ages as a place of pilgrimage for the whole of Europe. Its great heritage and history still attract pilgrims and tourists from all over the world. The city leaves an immense impact on all the visitors.
Of special Franciscan interest is the historical site of Greyfriars where the followers of St. Francis established their first Friary in 1224. On special occasions, the friars of St. Anthony's offer Holy Mass in the last starding building of the original 13th-century site. So our Friary today makes an ideal link with this epic centre of the medieval heritage.
The student here benefit from the Franciscan library at the International Study Centre, which contains over 50,000 books and thousands of periodicals on various topics. It has a special collection of books on Franciscan studies, which attracts research students from all over the world. A particular treasure among them is a fourteenth century manuscript of the Legenda Maior Sancti Francisci by St. Bonaventure. The library also holds the index of Franciscans in pre-Reformation England. An additional advantage for the students is the free access allowed to the enormous facilities of the University of Kent Library.
Fr. Tom Reist OFM Conv.
St. Anthony’s Friary
Franciscan International Study Centre
Giles Lane, Canterbury CT2 7NA.
Phone Cupertino House: 01227.454.647
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