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Saint Anthony of Padua background

Saint Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church

Saint Anthony was the son of a wealthy Portuguese family in the 13th century. At fifteen, he joined the Canons Regular of St. Augustine at the Abbey of Saint Vincent and later, studied theology at the prestigious Abbey of the Holy Cross in Coimbra, Portugal.

In his role as guestmaster at the abbey, Saint Anthony befriended Franciscan friars who were soon to be martyred in Morocco. Inspired by their tragic heroism, he changed orders and became a poor Franciscan; initially following their evangelical trail but ending up sickly and spending the next chapter of his life in deep prayer and study. After his illness, God revealed his plan for Saint Anthony’s life and called him to preaching. His supreme gift took him all the way to the papal court, where he served under Pope Gregory IX and was commissioned to write a collection of his sermons. He was declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius XII in 1946.

Written by Sarah Ciotti

From divineoffice.org

The Concho Padre

St. Anthony of Padua

Almighty ever-living God,
who gave Saint Anthony of Padua to your people
as an outstanding preacher and an intercessor in their need,
grant that, with his assistance,
as we follow the teachings of the Christian life,
we may know your help in every trial.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
– Amen.

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