St. Anthony of Padua

Feast Day – June 13

Patron Saint – Lost articles, expectant mothers


Ferdinand de Bulloens was born in Portugal around 1190, and only fifteen years later, he entered the monastery to become an St. AnthonyAugustinian friar, taking the name of Anthony.  Being inspired by St. Francis of Assisi and the martyred Franciscan friars, he wished to become a Franciscan friar and was granted permission by Rome to do so at the age of 26.  He was such a skilled homilist and so educated in scripture that he converted whole crowds of people.

He is quoted as saying, “Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak.”

He was blessed with visions of the Christ Child and a friend even saw St. Anthony with the Christ Child wrapping his arms around the saints neck in a gentle embrace.

He died at the age of 41 after a short but beautifully fruitful ministry here on earth.

St. Anthony is also the patron saint of lost articles and to be honest, I probably talk to him a couple of times a week, asking him for prayers for a lost Lego horse or a misplaced library book.  And St. Anthony always comes through for me!  He and our Lord must be great buddies because sometimes those items turn up faster than I wold expect.

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