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Saint Anthony the Hermit (c. 468–520)

Saint Anthony the Hermit (c. 468–520)

Feast day: December 28

Saint Anthony was just a small child when his father passed away. Orphaned, he went to stay with his uncle, Bishop Constantius of Lorsch, in Bavaria. When Anthony became old enough, he entered monastic life. He then joined a fellow priest as a hermit at Lake Como. Because of their holy and prayerful ways, the hermits soon gained so many followers that Anthony had to leave Lake Como to live the quiet life of prayer that he desired.

Saint Anthony the Hermit is best known for his deep spiritual life and the miracles that are associated with him.

(Image Hospices de Beaune, public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)