Published on October 30th, 2017 | by University Communications


22nd annual community Thanksgiving celebration

Thanksgiving Day is not a day to be alone. For the 22nd year, the Benedictine Sisters of Florida are hosting a Thanksgiving dinner to share with others. If you are alone this Thanksgiving or just can’t prepare a big meal, be with us!

Saint Leo’s social work club will be collecting cash donations for this dinner from 11:30 a.m to 2 p.m. daily from November 1 to 17, outside the Dining Hall. Popcorn and lemonade will be provided.

Each year we celebrate with a homemade dinner, including all the trimmings! Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and this free dinner is served from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, November 23. The traditional fare served is turkey, stuffing, salad, mashed potatoes (100 pounds are peeled), green beans, and a variety of desserts. Sister Donna prepares the meal, and the Saint Anthony Women’s Club provides the desserts … yummy! For the past 15 years, the event has been co-hosted by Saint Anthony of Padua parish, and the event takes place at Saint Anthony Parish Center, located behind the church at 12110 Main St., San Antonio, FL. It is a fun afternoon of fellowship and giving thanks. We would love to have you join us!

Make your reservation today as space is limited. For those who are home-bound, please give us a call to schedule delivery. The monastery can be reached at (352) 588-8443 or (352) 588-8320.If you would like to attend, volunteer, and/or donate, call one of the above phone numbers, or email

Reservations MUST be made by Friday, November 17.

A special thanks to friends who volunteer and donate to help make this event possible.

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