Today's Saint (June 13): Anthony of Padua

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Anthony of Padual

Saint Anthony was born at Lisbon into a noble Portuguese family. He became a Franciscan friar and priest and was sent to a hermitage at San Paolo.

It was there that he became well known for his gifted intellect and preaching abilities, which he used to bring many to the Christian faith.

Since the 17th century many people have asked for his intercession in finding lost articles, probably because a student of his who borrowed a psalter without permission was compelled in an apparition to return it.

He is also the patron of the poor, and alms given to obtain his intercession are known as "Saint Anthony's Bread."

The accompany painting of Anthony is by El Greco.

Anthony's Mass Propers
Catholic Encyclopedia article