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How did San Antonio, Texas, get its name?

Can you tell me why Texas named a city for St. Anthony?

According to the encyclopedias, in 1691 a Spanish expedition camped at a little-known village that was in present-day Texas. The New Catholic Encyclopedia explains that the Franciscan chaplain of the expedition named the site for St. Anthony of Padua, whose feast was being celebrated that day. It was not until 1718 that a mission was established at San Antonio.

When the Republic of Texas and later the State of Texas took over the territory, there already existed the Spanish-named city of San Antonio. A look at a map will tell you the Spanish often named cities for a saint. Cities grew up around a Catholic mission named for a saint and took the name of the mission.

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Monday, January 21, 2013
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Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus: The actions of these two influential Jewish leaders give insight into the charismatic power of Jesus and his teachings—and the risks that could be involved in following him.
<p><b>Joseph</b> was a respected, wealthy civic leader who had become a disciple of Jesus. Following the death of Jesus, Joseph obtained Jesus' body from Pilate, wrapped it in fine linen and buried it. For these reasons Joseph is considered the patron saint of funeral directors and pallbearers. More important is the courage Joseph showed in asking Pilate for Jesus' body. Jesus was a condemned criminal who had been publicly executed. According to some legends, Joseph was punished and imprisoned for such a bold act.
</p><p><b>Nicodemus</b> was a Pharisee and, like Joseph, an important first-century Jew. We know from John's Gospel that Nicodemus went to Jesus at night—secretly—to better understand his teachings about the kingdom. Later, Nicodemus spoke up for Jesus at the time of his arrest and assisted in Jesus' burial. We know little else about Nicodemus.
</p><p></p> American Catholic Blog Together with baptism, the other sacraments of initiation are Eucharist and confirmation. This trifecta makes us full members of the Church, like older children who can thoughtfully participate in all the elements of family life. But more than just milestones of belonging, these sacraments change our souls.

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