The Society of Mary, Marianists, at the St Anthony Catholic Community in Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii

The St Anthony Catholic Community in Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii
Saint Anthony of Padua

Saint Anthony of Padua was born in Lisbon, Portugal on August 15, 1195. He came from a wealthy family who did not support his desire to enter into religious life. He became a Franciscan friar in 1221 and joined the order in hopes of spreading God's Word to the people of Morocco in spite of facing a possible martyr's death.

Instead, he became a respected teacher and brilliant orator who gained fame for his miracles. He was a holy man who had apparitions of the Infant Jesus and of St. Francis of Assisi. This is why he is often depicted holding the baby Jesus in his arms.

He is a patron saint of the poor and oppressed and is often invoked as a finder of "lost articles and missing persons". He died in Padua, Italy on June 13, 1231 at the age of 36 and was canonized a saint less than a year later. He was declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius XII in 1946.

A Prayer To Saint Anthony of Padua,
the Wonder Worker (Feast-June 13)

Statue of St Anthony at the St Anthony Catholic Community, Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii St. Anthony of Padua,
Glorious for your miracles
And for the condescension of Jesus
In coming as a little child
To repose in your arms,
Obtain for me from his bounty
The grace which I ardently desire.

You who were so compassionate
Towards sinners,
Regard not my unworthiness,
But the glory of God,
That it may be magnified by you
In connection with
The particular request
Which I now earnestly present to you.

(Name the request.)

As a pledge of my gratitude,
I beg you to accept my promise
To live more faithfully
In accordance with
The teachings of the Church,
And to be devoted
To the service of the poor
Whom you loved
And still love so greatly.

Bless this my resolution,
That I may be faithful to it
Even until death.

St. Anthony,
Consoler of all the afflicted,
Pray for me.

St. Anthony,
Whom the infant Jesus
So much loved and honored,
Pray for me.

The St Anthony Catholic Community in Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii