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Saint Anthony of Padua, patron saint of lost and stolen articles, was a powerful Franciscan preacher and teacher.

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St. Anthony of Padua
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New! ‘Two saints—Francis and Anthony’
In Francis and His Brothers: A Popular History of the Franciscan Friars, Franciscan scholar and historic Dominic V. Monti, O.F.M., tells the inspirational story of Francis of Assisi and his followers, including St. Anthony, the saint called this “Ark of the Covenant” and “Hammer of Heretics.”

Anthony of Padua: The Italian Years

While the saint’s dream was to become a missionary to the Muslims in Morocco, a mighty wind swept the ship badly off course and it landed in Sicily, where he was to begin a journey to Assisi and then to the Italian city of Padua.

Anthony of Padua: The Portugal Years

To the people of Portugal, the saint that most of the world calls Anthony of Padua is better known as Anthony of Lisbon, as that country is the place of his birth in 1195 and where he began his ministry.

Five Favorite Hideaways of St. Anthony
A lifelong admirer of St. Anthony believes that the hidden treasure, which this saint sought above all else, is God.

St. Anthony Shrine

Join us for daily Catholic prayer, tour the National Shrine of St. Anthony and Friary in Cincinnati, find a biography and pictures of St. Anthony of Padua, send a St. Anthony e-card, make a St. Anthony novena, post online prayer requests and donate to help Franciscan ministries.

Why St. Anthony Holds the Child Jesus
Do you know why he is potrayed this way?

Getting to Know Him: A Closer Look at St. Anthony

Listen to the author portray St. Anthony.

Who Is St. Anthony?
Leonard Foley writes of St. Anthony of Padua, patron saint of lost and stolen articles, a Franciscan preacher and teacher.

Devotion to St. Anthony of Padua
Learn why St. Anthony is asked to intercede with God for the return of things lost or stolen.

St. Anthony, the Contemplative

Anthony of Padua often felt a profound longing to step aside from the bustle of his active life and seek the face of God in silent contemplation.

Readers’ Stories of St. Anthony’s Help
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Anthony Claret: The "spiritual father of Cuba" was a missionary, religious founder, social reformer, queen’s chaplain, writer and publisher, archbishop and refugee. He was a Spaniard whose work took him to the Canary Islands, Cuba, Madrid, Paris and to the First Vatican Council. 
<p>In his spare time as weaver and designer in the textile mills of Barcelona, he learned Latin and printing: The future priest and publisher was preparing. Ordained at 28, he was prevented by ill health from entering religious life as a Carthusian or as a Jesuit, but went on to become one of Spain’s most popular preachers. </p><p>He spent 10 years giving popular missions and retreats, always placing great emphasis on the Eucharist and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Her rosary, it was said, was never out of his hand. At 42, beginning with five young priests, he founded a religious institute of missionaries, known today as the Claretians. </p><p>He was appointed to head the much-neglected archdiocese of Santiago in Cuba. He began its reform by almost ceaseless preaching and hearing of confessions, and suffered bitter opposition mainly for opposing concubinage and giving instruction to black slaves. A hired assassin (whose release from prison Anthony had obtained) slashed open his face and wrist. Anthony succeeded in getting the would-be assassin’s death sentence commuted to a prison term. His solution for the misery of Cubans was family-owned farms producing a variety of foods for the family’s own needs and for the market. This invited the enmity of the vested interests who wanted everyone to work on a single cash crop—sugar. Besides all his religious writings are two books he wrote in Cuba: <i>Reflections on Agriculture</i> and <i>Country Delights</i>. </p><p>He was recalled to Spain for a job he did not relish—being chaplain for the queen. He went on three conditions: He would reside away from the palace, he would come only to hear the queen’s confession and instruct the children and he would be exempt from court functions. In the revolution of 1868, he fled with the queen’s party to Paris, where he preached to the Spanish colony. </p><p>All his life Anthony was interested in the Catholic press. He founded the Religious Publishing House, a major Catholic publishing venture in Spain, and wrote or published 200 books and pamphlets. </p><p>At Vatican I, where he was a staunch defender of the doctrine of infallibility, he won the admiration of his fellow bishops. Cardinal Gibbons of Baltimore remarked of him, "There goes a true saint." At the age of 63, he died in exile near the border of Spain.</p> American Catholic Blog The greatest tragedy of our world is that men do not know, really know, that God loves them. Some believe it in a shadowy sort of way. If they were to really think about it they would soon realize that their belief in God’s love for them is very remote and abstract. Because of this lack of realization of God’s love for them, men do not know how to love God back. —Catherine de Hueck Doherty

 
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