St Anthony of Padua

St Anthony of Padua

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  • Saint Anthony of Padua was born on the 15th of August 1195 in Lisbon, Portugal. Saint Anthony was born into a prominent and wealthy family.
  • When St Anthony turned 15 he went off to join the religious order of St Augustine.
  • After two long years in his monastery life where friends went to visit him frequently, he was the sent of to Coimbra where he would then go and study very hard for 9 years about the Augustinian theology.
  • Once his 9 years of studying finished in Coimbra he set off on a boat to Morocco. During the time he spent in Morocco, he became really sick and had to go back to his family in Portugal.  On St Anthony's trip back to Portugal his boat was blown off course and was then heading to Sicily.
  • In his time in Italy he travelled to Tuscany and was assigned to the hermitage of San Paulo. He continued to travel around Italy and preach the gospel of the Church. St Anthony became ill again and was diagnosed with the disease called Ergotism.
  • On the 13th of June 1231 St Anthony passed away in Padua, Italy. He was canonised on 30 May 1231, less than one year after his death.  He is the patron saint for lost items and is credited with many miracles involving lost people, things and spiritual goods.  We celebrate the Feast day of St Anthony on the 13th of June. 
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