Saint Anthony, also known as Anthony of Padua, was a Portuguese Catholic priest and friar of the Franciscan Order. Born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1195, he is celebrated worldwide as the Patron Saint for lost articles, a title earned due to numerous miracles associated with lost people and items.
Despite being initially perceived as uneducated by his peers, Anthony’s dedication to his faith led him to become a powerful preacher, earning immense respect and veneration. He was known for his humble nature, fearless courage, and his ability to spread the Good News with loving kindness.
Beyond his preaching, Anthony was deeply devoted to serving the poor. His commitment to aiding those less fortunate made him the patron saint of the poor and reflected his aspiration to emulate Saint Francis of Assisi.
His desire to spread his faith led him to join the Franciscans, hoping to become a missionary. Although he never achieved this dream, his influence has nonetheless reached far beyond his homeland. Even today, Saint Anthony continues to inspire individuals around the world, and his unwavering faith and service to others remain at the heart of his legacy.