Saturday is the feast day of St. Anthony of Padua, one of the most beloved of all Catholic saints. Many miracles are attributed to this 13th century saint and even today Catholics invoke his name when trying to recover something lost. Anthony was born in 1195 in Lisbon, Portugal. At the age of 15 he entered the religious order of St. Augustine where he spent many years in intense prayer and the study of the scriptures. After seeing the bodies of 5 Franciscan martyrs who had been killed in Morocco, he asked to join the Franciscan order to win converts to Christ. His wish was granted but Anthony never made it to North Africa because of a serious illness.
Anthony found his life’s work in Northern Italy where the people loved him not just for his eloquent preaching but for the holy and simple life he led. Read this brief biography to learn more about Anthony and watch this video produced by the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement. The website of the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua offers a virtual tour, videos and more.
Posted: June 12, 2015