We, the St. Anthony of Padua Church, participate in the mission of the Diocese of Honolulu of Christ to the world. We are a community of faith that lives and promotes a vibrant family spirit in the Marianist tradition, Catholic spirituality, and service to the people of God on Maui.
Our Patron Saint
Saint Anthony of Padua
Saint Anthony of Padua was born in Lisbon, Portugal on August 15, 1195. He came from a wealthy family who did not support his desire to enter into religious life. He became a Franciscan friar in 1221 and joined the order in hopes of spreading God’s Word to the people of Morocco in spite of facing a possible martyr’s death.
Instead, he became a respected teacher and brilliant orator who gained fame for his miracles. He was a holy man who had apparitions of the Infant Jesus and of St. Francis of Assisi. This is why he is often depicted holding the baby Jesus in his arms.
He is a patron saint of the poor and oppressed and is often invoked as a finder of “lost articles and missing persons”. He died in Padua, Italy on June 13, 1231, at the age of 36 and was canonized a saint less than a year later. He was declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius XII in 1946.
A Prayer To Saint Anthony of Padua, the Wonder Worker
Feast Day – June 13
St. Anthony of Padua,
Glorius for your miracles
And for the condescension of Jesus
In coming as a little child
To repose in your arms,
Obtain for me from his bounty
The grace which I ardently desire.
You who were so compassionate
Regard not my unworthiness,
But the glory of God,
That it may be magnified by you
In connection with
The particular request
Which I now earnestly present to you.
(Name the request.)
As a pledge of my gratitude,
I beg you to accept my promise
To live more faithfully
In accordance with
The teachings of the Church,
And to be devoted
To the service of the poor
Whom you loved
And still love so greatly.
Bless this my resolution,
That I may be faithful to it
Even until death.
Consoler of all the afflicted,
Pray for me.
Whom the infant Jesus
So much loved and honored,
Pray for me.
|Pastor||Rev. Roland Bunda, SM|
|Associate Pastor:||Rev. Sylverius Kerketta, SM|
|Pastoral Assistant:||Bro. Fred Silbereis, SM|
|Deacon:||Rev. Dn. Stephen Maglente|
|In Residence:||Bro. Dave Quigley, SM|
Bro. Tom Spring, SM
|Pastoral Administrator:||Tehani Shimabuku|
|Admin Assistant:||Debbie Bissen-Melton|
|Music Director:||Rose Johnson|
|Faith Formation and|
Youth Ministry Coordinator:
|Sacristan and Bereavement:||Nona Iwata|
|Thrift Shop:||Trish Vergel de Dios|
St. Anthony School Administrators
|St. Anthony Preschool (Pre-K)||Carlene Santos, Director|
Phone: (808) 242-9024
|St. Anthony School (K-12)||Tim Cullen, Head of School|
Phone: (808) 244-4190
History of St. Anthony of Padua Church
St. Anthony of Padua Church in Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii was established by the Fathers of the Order of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, whose arrival from France on July 7, 1827, marked the start of the Catholic Mission in Hawaii. After more than two decades of political and social upheaval as well as religious persecution, the first High Mass was celebrated at St. Anthony in Wailuku on July 13, 1848, in a thatched structure.
In 1854, St. Anthony was built in wood to replace the native church. It was reported that 6000 baptisms were recorded on Maui that year.
In 1858-59, King Kamehameha IV deeded 16 acres of land in Wailuku to Bishop Louis Maigret and on May 3, 1873, under the direction of Father Lenore Fouesnel, SS.CC., the third church (now in stone) that took six years to build, was blessed. It is said that it was here at this event that Father Damien de Veuster SS.CC, made his commitment to go to Kalaupapa Leprosy Settlement and thus, began his remarkable journey to sainthood.
The church building continued to be improved and expanded over the years. In 1919, it was remodeled into a gothic style with a sanctuary, semi-rotund baptistery and bell tower. In 1940, it was enlarged on both sides under the direction of Father Bruno Bens and stood majestically as a major landmark in Wailuku for over a century.
In 1976, the Society of Mary (Marianists) assumed leadership of St. Anthony Parish from the Sacred Heart Fathers. The Brothers of Mary were already a big part of life here at St. Anthony, having founded the Wailuku School for Boys in 1883 at the invitation of the Sacred Heart’s Fathers and staffed what later would become St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School. Over the years, in addition to the Marianists, our children have been taught by the Franciscan and Maryknoll Sisters and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.
A year later, on November 1, 1977, the historic church was destroyed by an early morning fire set by an arsonist. It was a sad and traumatic loss for our parish, as well as a shock to the entire community. But through prayer, hard work and the generosity of many wonderful parishioners and Maui community leaders, St. Anthony Church rose from the ashes. The present, modern structure was dedicated on June 13, 1980, St. Anthony’s feast day, just three years after the tragic fire.
Today, as we enter the 21st century, the Marianist spirit and influence is alive in our growing and diverse parish of over 900 families. The parish, along with its many ministries, includes a Preschool, the St. Anthony Schools, and Cemetery. We also have on our beautiful campus, the only Catholic High School on Maui. We pray that the Lord continues to bless our tranquil island, church and the people who come to worship here.
Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.