Known as a pious, intelligent youth. A Dominican, he was a monk at age 15, priest at 25. Pope Urban V appointed him inquisitor-general to fight heresies in Lombardy and Genoa, Italy in 1360; he was one of the youngest men to hold that office. A complex and difficult job, it was also a near death-sentence as it put him in constant conflict with heretics. His apostolate lasted 14 years. Preacher. Elected prior in Savigliano, Italy in 1368; he built their new abbey without criticism of its luxury, a charge heretics were always anxious to bring against Catholic builders. Great friend of the poor.
Antony’s preaching and his simple and unostentatious lifestyle so angered the heretics, who saw no character flaw they could use as a weapon, they decided that they must kill him. He was martyred on the Sunday after Easter; as he preached against heresy, seven heretics stabbed him.
- stabbed to death on Sunday 9 April 1374 at Bricherasio, Turin, Italy
- buried in the Dominican church at Savigliano, Italy which was a place of pilgrimage
- relics translated to the Dominican church in Racconigi, Italy in 1827
God of all truth, to promote the unity of the faith you gave Blessed Anthony a dauntless courage. Help us to follow in his footsteps and so obtain the object of our faith, our eternal salvation. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. – General Calendar of the Order of Preachers
- “Blessed Antony of Pavoni“. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 April 2015. Web. 24 July 2016. <>