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St. Anthony of Padua

St. Anthony was born in 1195 in Lisbon, Portugal.  He died June 13, 1231.  St. Anthony was canonized by Pope Gregory IX on May 30, 1232.  St. Anthony is known as the Evangelical Doctor.  His feast day is celebrated on June 13.  St. Anthony was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church on January 16, 1946. 

St. Anthony's wealthy family wanted him to be a rich and great nobleman.  He decided that for the sake of Christ to become a poor Franciscan priest. When the relics of St. Berard and his companions, some of the first Franciscan martyrs, were to be buried in his church, St. Anthony was deeply affected and left his order, entered the Franciscan Friars Minor, and went to Morocco to evangelize. After being shipwrecked at Sicily, he joined some other brothers who were going to Portiuncula. St. Anthony lived in a cave at San Paolo leaving only to attend Mass and work at a nearby monastery. One day when he was asked to preach, the brothers were so impressed that he totally imersed himself in a lifetime frenzy of evangelizing, preaching, and teaching the Catholic faith throughout Italy and France.

As a gifted speaker, St. Anthony attracted crowds everywhere he went.  Three notable miracles were worked through St. Anthony:  One time when some villagers didn't want to listen to him, St. Anthony were out to a lake and preached to the fish.  The fish came to the surface of the water to listen.  Another time St. Anthony blessed food that had been poisoned and showed no ill effects from proceeding to eat the food.  And finally, a starved donkey chose kneeling down to the Blessed Sacrament over going toward some oats readily available-proving the Real Presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.

St. Anthony is invoked to find lost things and is usually seen with the child Jesus.  It seems baby Jesus appeared to Anthony and let Anthony hold Him, demonstrating Anthony's purity of heart and innocence.  St. Anthony's name means inestimable.

St. Anthony is the patron saint against starvation; against shipwrecks; against hunger; American Indians; amputees; various animals; Anzio, Italy; donkeys; barrenness and infertility; boatmen and boaters; Brazil; diocese of Beaumont, Texas; domestic and small animals; Dorado, Puerto Rico; old and elderly people; expectant mothers; kindling of faith in the Blessed Sacrament; Ferrazzano, Italy; fishermen and women; harvests; horses and donkeys; Lisbon, Portugal; lost and hidden articles; lower and smaller animals; mail and delivery; mariners and boaters; diocese of Masbate, Philippines; oppressed people; Padua, Italy; paupers and poor people; Portugal; pregnant women; sailors; Sandia Indian Pueblo; seekers of lost articles and those who have lost their way; shipwrecks and ship related stuff; hungry and people suffering starvation; infertility and sterility; swineherds and shepherds of small animals; Tigua Indians; travel hostesses and hosts and tour guides; travellers; and watermen.

Saint Anthony is: Consoler of the Afflicted, Disperser of Devils, Example of Humility, Generator of Charity, Guide of Pilgrims, Liberator of Prisoners, Martyr of Desire, Model of Perfection, Patron of seekers of lost articles, Performer of Miracles, Restorer of Sight to the Blind, Restorer of Speech to the Mute, Reviver of the Dead, Wonder-Worker, and the saint most Zealous for Justice.

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