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The Friary of St. Anthony at the Baths [“Vigna”]

Convento Sant’Antonio alle Terrme (“Vigna”); Via Guido Baccelli, 56; 00153 Roma (Italia); tel. centr.: [+39] 06.69895411


The Friary of St. Anthony at the Baths, known as “La Vigna”, is a 16th century Roman villa and estate located between the 3rd century remains of the Baths of Caracalla and the Aurelian wall. It was acquired for ecclesiastical use by St. Ignatius of Loyola in 1555 and served as the summer residence of the Roman College until 1773. The current Eucharistic chapel of the friary was a room belonging to St. Ignatius of Loyola for some time between 1554-56, as the 17th century inscription above the doorway attests: Beati Patris Nostri Ignatii cubiculum. It is frescoed by the Jesuit Andrea del Pozzo (1642-1709), who executed the scenes after 1681, with subjects similar to those that can be found at the Church of the Gesù and its adjoining residence.

Bonaventure, the Theological Institute of the Order. Many friars of the Order have lived and spent time here since then, enjoying the beautiful fields, vineyard, garden, and fruit trees that have given the friary its nickname. Since 2009 it has been an international continuing formation fraternity for friars pursuing advanced studies in the ecclesiastical sciences.

In the 2017-2018 academic year, there are twenty in the local fraternity. Three friars are there under the obedience of the Minister General: Friar Franklin Antonio DURÀN ZAMBRANO serves as the guardian and as a member of the General Secretariat for Formation (SGF); Friar Zenon PIĘTA serves as the editor of Hierarchia Catholica; and Friar Angelo CAMPEI provides internal service to the local fraternity. The other friars became part of the local fraternity after agreements were made between the Minister General and their respective Major Superiors under the guidance of the Minister General’s Delegate for the General Houses. Three Polish sisters from the Congregation of the Daughters of Divine Charity provide domestic service to the local fraternity.

The local fraternity mirrors the great diversity of the Order today, representing five of the seven Conferences or Federations of the worldwide Order. There are five friars from the Federatio Europae Mediae et Orientalis (FEMO); three from the Federazione Inter-mediterranea Ministri Provinciali (FIMP); two from the Federation of Asian Minors Conventual (FAMC); three the African Federation of Conventual Franciscans (AFCOF); and six from the Federación Conventuales America Latina (FALC). Twelve nationalities are represented in the local fraternity: Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, Ghana, India, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Poland, Romania and Venezuela. Fifteen Jurisdictions are represented (Provinces or Custodies). The friars are engaged in any of four specific programs: study, research, special service to the Order and service within the friary. Their programs take place at nine locations: the Pontifical Gregorian University, the Pontifical Salesian University, the Pontifical Lateran University, the Seraphicum, the Pontifical University Antonianum, the Pontifical University Urbanianum, the Vatican Secret Archives, Casa Kolbe and Vigna. Ten fields of study are represented.

In addition to serving as chaplains for the local community of the Daughters of Divine Charity, the friars of the Vigna community render service to the Basilica of the Twelve Holy Apostles; the Friaries of Saints Peter and Paul and the Immaculate Conception; and the Parishes of St. Marcella, St. Saba, Our Lady of Loreto, and St. Jane Antida.
Our local mission is: “We are a fraternity of diverse friars committed to continuing and integral formation leading to deeper conformity to Christ in the footsteps of St. Francis. In addition to our living out the Conventual Franciscan charism, our particular means include study; the cultural diversity of our daily lives; and the experience of Rome and the General Houses of the Order.”

Friar Franklin Antonio DURÀN ZAMBRANO, Guardian
October 2017

s. Antonio

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