Book of Saints – Antony of Padua


(Saint) (June 13) (13th century) A native of Lisbon, who received the name of Ferdinand at Baptism (A.D. 1195). He joined the Order of Canons Regulars at an early age, but soon exchanged it for that of the Franciscans (A.D. 1221). He received the religious habit in the convent of Saint Antony at Coimbra and assumed the name of Antony in honour of the great Hermit Saint of Egypt. His desire for martyrdom took him to Africa, but illness and storm brought him to Italy, where under the guidance of Saint Francis, he began his wonderful career as a preacher and worker of miracles. He died at Padua, A.D. 1231, and was canonized by Pope Gregory IX in the following year. In art he is represented in various ways, but mostly bearing the Child Jesus in his arms.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Antony of Padua”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 24 July 2012. Web. 21 November 2019. <>