St. Anthony of Padua. Born at the end of the 12th century, he became a Canon before being ordained a priest and joining the Franciscan Order in order to preach the Gospel in Africa. However, he mainly exercised his ministry in France and Italy, where he brought many heretics back to the faith. His sermons are renowned for their doctrine and their gentleness. He died at Padua in 1231.
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St. Matthew. Born at Caparnaum, he was the tax-gatherer in Jesus’ company; one of the Evangelists, he wrote his Gospel in Hebrew. Tradition has it that he preached the faith in the East.
Ss. Cosmas and Damian. From early writings, there is evidence that their tomb lies in Cyrrus in Syria where a basilica was built in their honour. Veneration spread from there to Rome, and thereafter throughout the worldwide church.
St. Vincent de Paul (1581-1660). Born in Gascony, France, he completed his studies and became a parish priest in Paris. He founded the Congregation of the Mission (the Vincentian Order) for the spiritual formation of the clergy and the relief of the poor, for which he is still renowned. He also worked with prisoners in […]