New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Anthony of Padua


Confessor of the faith; born in Lisbon, Portugal, 1195; died Vercelli, Italy, 1231. Educated at the cathedral school, he joined the Canons Regular of Saint Augustine in 1210; in 1212 he retired to the Convent of Santa Croce where he remained for eight years in study and prayer. He became a member of the Order of Friars Minor; set sail for missionary work in Africa, but was shipwrecked off the coast of Italy; and retired to the hermitage of Montepaolo to celebrate Mass for the lay brothers. He later won a reputation as a preacher and teacher of theology and received the praise of Saint Francis; made numerous converts and performed many miracles; and was made provincial of the monastery at Limousin, France, 1226. Devotion to him is popular throughout the Church. Alms given to obtain his intercession is known as “Saint Anthony’s bread.” Patron of the poor, of barren and pregnant women, and of travelers; invoked for recovery of lost things and against shipwreck. Emblems: bread, apparition of the Infant Jesus, book, lily. Relics at Padua. Feast, Roman Calendar, 13 June

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Anthony of Padua”. People of the Faith. CatholicSaints.Info. 24 October 2010. Web. 15 June 2021. <>