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Saint Anthony of Padua

Patron Saint of Lost Articles

Saint Anthony of Padua

Birth: 1195 Death: 1231Feast Day: June 13

Church of St. Anthony - Lisbon, Portugal

Anthony was canonized by Pope Gregory IX on 30 May 1232, at Spoleto, Italy, less than one year after his death. His fame spread through Portuguese evangelization, and he has been known as the most celebrated of the followers of Saint Francis of Assisi. He is the patron saint of Padua and many places in Portugal and in the countries of the former Portuguese Empire. He is especially invoked for the recovery of lost items."The richness of spiritual teaching contained in the Sermons was so great that in1946 Venerable Pope Pius XII proclaimed Anthony a Doctor of the Church, attributing to him the title Doctor Evangelicus (Evangelical Doctor), since the freshness and beauty of the Gospel emerge from these writings."


St. Anthony was born as Fernando Martins de Bulhões also known as Anthony of Lisbon. He was a Portuguese Catholic priest and friar of the Franciscan Order. He died in Padua, Italy. He was born and raised in a wealthy family in Lisbon. He was recognized for his forceful preaching and expert knowledge of scripture. He was the second-fastest canonized saint. He is the patron saint of finding things or lost people. He was educated at a local cathedral school. He soon transferred and studied theology and latin at the Abbey of Saint Vincent in Coimbra. He was ordained into priesthood. While at an ordination, he was unexpectedly called to preach. It was a preaching that left an impression on many. He soon came to the eyes of Francis of Assisi, who was very distrustful of places and students with theological studies. However he saw something in Anthony. He found a kindred spirit, who was also able to provide the teaching needed by young members of the order who might seek ordination. In 1224 he entrusted the pursuit of studies for any of his friars to the care of Anthony. The reason St. Anthony's help is invoked for finding things lost or stolen is traced to an incident that occurred in Bologna. According to the story, Anthony had a book of psalms that was of some importance to him as it contained the notes and comments he had made to use in teaching his students. A novice who had decided to leave, took the psalter with him. Upon noticing it was missing, Anthony prayed it would be found or returned. The thief was moved to restore the book to Anthony and return to the Order. The stolen book is said to be preserved in the Franciscan friary in Bologna.


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