Saint Anthony of Padua: a Good Article on Who This Saint Is, Whose Feast Day in 2017 Is Tuesday, June 13

Saint Anthony of Padua is one of the most popular saints. Many people pray to him to help them find lost things.

Washed up after a shipwreck into Italy, he ended serving in his friary there simply doing menial chores, washing pots and pans. Then by accident they learned of his great ability to preach. Then, becoming very famous, thousands came at a time to hear his open-air sermons. By the end of his life, 30,000 people would gather in Padua to listen to him; moreover, so many were moved to repentance that more priests had to be found to hear confessions.

This is how he was discovered: "in 1222, when St Anthony was 27 years old, a number of Dominicans and Franciscans were ordained by Bishop Ricciardellus Belmonti. St Anthony was present at the reception given at the Dominican Priory after the ordinations. It seems that the preacher who was to speak at this occasion did not arrive, so the provincial asked if someone else would give a short sermon to suit the occasion. No one was willing to just get up in front of such a group and preach, so they all declined the invitation. The provincial then ordered Br Anthony to say a few simple words.

It is said that he began to speak slowly at first and then more steadily. As he began to speak his words captured their imagination and their hearts caught fire under the power of the Holy Spirit. When he was finished all the friars realized that they were in the presence of a brilliant and powerful preacher."

Thanks for posting! I will have to celebrate tomorrow.

St. Anthony is my namesake! :slight_smile: :thumbsup:

Wow, I didn’t know that.

I have had a special affection for St.Anthony since I first learned about him in grade school.
I still pray to him for his intercession each day.:pray::blush:
Good namesake you have:thumbsup:.

I’ve been asking St. Anthony to help me be more like him. I like the fact he is carrying the child Jesus in his arms which shows the closeness he has with Jesus.


I wished my husband a happy feast day today. His confirmation name is Anthony Mary.

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Wishing everyone a blessed St. Anthony day. :extrahappy:

I chose my confirmation name as Anthony, after St Anthony of Padua. Happy Feast day to all.

Thank you Saint Anthony for responding to my prayers.

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