OFM Franciscans - India

Life Of St. Anthony

St. Anthony of Padua is one of the most famous disciples of St. Francis of Assisi. He was a famous preacher and worker of miracles in his own day, and throughout the eight centuries since his death he has so generously come to the assistance of the faithful who invoke him, that he is known throughout the world.

St. Anthony's Youth & Conversion

St. Anthony was born in the year 1195 A. D. at Lisbon (Portugal) where his father was a captain in the royal army. Already at the age of fifteen years, he had entered the Congregation of Canons Regular of St. Augustine and devoted himself with great earnestness both to study and to the practice of piety in the Monastery at Coimbra (Portugal).

About that time some of the first members of the Order of Friars Minor, which St. Francis has founded in 1206 A. D. came to Coimbra. They begged from the Canons Regular a small and very poor place, from which by their evangelical poverty and simplicity they edified everyone in the region. Then in 1219 A. D. some of these friars, moved by divine inspiration, went as missionaries to preach the Gospel of Christ to the inhabitants of Morocco. There they were brutally martyred for the Faith. Some Christian merchants succeeded in recovering their remains; and so brought their relics in triumph back to Coimbra.

The relics of St. Bernard and companions, the first martyrs of the Franciscan Order, seized St. Anthony with an intense desire to suffer martyrdom in a like manner. So moved by their heroic example he repeatedly begged and petitioned his superiors to be given leave to join the Franciscan Order. In the quiet little Franciscan convent at Coimbra he received a friendly reception, and in the same year his earnest wish to be sent to the missions in Africa was fulfilled.

St. Anthony's Arrival in Italy

But God had decreed otherwise. And so, St. Anthony scarcely set foot on African soil when he was seized with a grievous illness. Even after recovering from it, he was so weak that, resigning himself to the will of God, he boarded a boat back to Portugal. Unexpectedly a storm came upon them and drove the ship to the east where it found refuge on coast of Sicily. St. Anthony was greeted and given shelter by the Franciscans of that island, and thus came to be sent to Assisi, where the general chapter of the Order was held in May, 1221 A. D..

Since he still looked weak and sickly, and gave no evidence of his scholarship, no one paid any attention to the stranger until Father Gratian, the Provincial of friars living in the region of Romagna (Italy), had compassion on him and sent him to the quiet little convent near Forli (also in Italy). There St. Anthony remained nine months as chaplain to the hermits, occupied in the lowliest duties of the kitchen and convent, and to his heart's content he practiced interior as well as exterior mortification.

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FRIARS' BIRTHDAY (November)

Date

Name of the Friars

Events

Year

01

Charles Mathew Kolanchery

Deepak Kumar

Birth

Birth

1947

1994

02

Joseph Raj M.

Birth

1975

04

Charles Bernard

Birth

1963

05

Lawrence Simon

Bala Marneni

+ Thomas Thannikary

+ Bernard D’ Silva

Birth

Birth

Home

Home

1949

1962

1996

2010

06

Singarayar A.

Salvador D’Souza

Clinton J.

Birth

Birth

Birth

1970

1979

1992

07

Hemant Xess

Birth

1975

09

Saji P. Mathew

Birth

1975

10

Augustine Pinto

+ Wilbert Smit

Birth

Home

1936

2003

11

Fulgence Ekka

Basil S. Lobo

Birth

Birth

1964

1971

14

+ Mark O’Rourke

Salvador Drego

Kalyan Kumar

Home

Birth

Birth

1974

1984

1994

15

+ Anthony Almeida

Home

1970

17

Elizabeth of Hungary

Vinoth Kumar T.

Feast

Birth


1993

18

Blessed Salome

Feast


19

Agnes of Assisi

Thomas Joseph

+ Kamal Ekka

Feast

Birth

Home


1962

2008

20

Irudayaraj Fernando

+ Bonaventure Davis

+ Bishop Ambrose Y.

+ Jesu Irudayam

Birth

Home

Home

Home

1966

1971

1997

2009

21

Silash Panna

Birth

1990

23

+ John C. O’Dowda

Home

1982

24

Rajesh Praveen Kumar

Birth

1994

25

Gregory Fernandes

Carlos Dias

Tojy M.

Birth

Birth

Birth

1930

1959

1970

26

Balthazar Pinto

Birth

1960

27

Johnson M. V.

Abraham Vadana

Birth

Solemn Vows

1969

1976

29

All Saints of the Seraphic Order

Dependent Custody

Foundation,North East.

Amaladass Manickam

Feast


Erection

Erection

Ordination



2008

2008

1985

30

Prasad Papabathuni

Birth

1970