Saint Anthony of Padua: Drawn to a Life with God
On June 13, countless people recall one of the most popular Franciscan saints, Anthony of Padua (1191/5-1231). Being Sunday, his feast is not celebrated liturgically this year, except in churches where he is the patron saint.

Drawn to a life with God

Despite his common association with an Italian city, Anthony was actually a native of Portugal. He was baptized Fernando Martins de Bulhões and came from a prominent family of knights in Lisbon, then on the frontiers between Christian and Muslim cultures. Drawn to a life with God, he entered the canons regular of the Holy Cross in Lisbon as a young man. Seeking greater solitude, he asked to be transferred to the motherhouse of the congregation in Coimbra, where he received an excellent education in the Scriptures.

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This is the Abbey of the Canons Regular of the Holy Cross (Santa Cruz) in Coimbra, Portugal, where Anthony was a

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