St. Anthony of Padua

Anthony of Padua was born in Portugal in 1195. At the age of fifteen, he joined the Monastery of St. Augustine. Later on, he became a Franciscan was sent to study and went on missions. He was an excellent and passionate speaker with a strong voice. His spellbinding preaching was attended by crowds of up to 30 000 people. If a church was too small, he preached in a square and field. As a missionary, he traveled across Italy and Southern France. He settled in Padua in 1227, where he died in 1231. He is a patron of bakers and travelers. His attributes are alter-bread and a monstrance.


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