Man of Deep Faith Goes from Guarding the U.S. Coast to Keeping National Shrine Secure

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A special ceremony recently at the National Shrine of St. Rita of Cascia on South Broad Street marked the retirement of First Class Petty Officer Michael Anastasi from the U.S. Coast Guard, but kicked off his career as director of security for the Shrine, writes Lou Baldwin for

“I have given the first 20 years of my (working) life to the world, and now I will give the rest to God,” Anastasi said.

Anastasi, an Upland native, remembers his dad bringing him to Philadelphia and the Shrine of St. Rita when he was a kid.

He joined the Coast Guard not long after his graduation from Ridley High School.

He was stationed in California, Mississippi, Michigan, Detroit, Boston, and Washington, D.C.

A Catholic from birth, wherever he went, his faith went with him.

He became an altar server in Oakland and took on other roles over time. In Washington, he was a volunteer guard at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Anastasi also joined the Knights of Columbus and is a fourth-degree knight.

Read more about Michael Anastasi and his new role at here.

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