Antony, St, of Padua

(1195—1231) Portuguese Franciscan friar

Show Summary Details

Quick Reference


Franciscan friar. When he was 15 he joined the Augustinian Canons. He was deeply moved when the relics of some Franciscans killed in Morocco were brought to Coimbra in 1220; he obtained his release, joined the Franciscans and sailed for Morocco late in 1220, but was forced by illness to return to Europe. When called upon to preach at an ordination, his unexpected eloquence and learning were discovered. He was appointed the first lector in theology in the Franciscan Order and held a series of other offices. Regarded as a worker of miracles, he is chiefly invoked for the return of lost property, possibly because of the incident of a novice who ran away with a Psalter he was using and was forced by an alarming apparition to return it. Feast day, 13 June.

Subjects: Christianity.

Reference entries

See all related reference entries in Oxford Index »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.