St. Anthony of Padua

Feast Days:  June 13
Time Period: 1195-1231
Place: Portugal and Italy
Patronage: Lost things, Sterility, Amputees, Starvation

Though known as the “finder of lost articles,” St. Anthony of Padua was first and for most a teacher of the Catholic Faith. He was asked by St. Francis to teach theology to the Franciscans and was an eloquent preacher. St. Anthony explained the Faith in a simple manner that was understandable to all. With the zeal of the apostles he undertook to reform the morality of his time. He wanted to profess the Faith with his mind and his heart at every moment. When confronted by the lies and deceit of heretics he simply and innocently said the Holy Name of Mary. Although known for miracles, prophecy, conversions and healing it is St. Anthony’s holiness, love and sympathy that has drawn people to him for centuries.

O Blessed Tongue that always praised the Lord, and made others bless Him, now it is evident what great merit thou hast before God - St. Bonaventure speaking about the incorrupt tongue of St. Anthony