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A List of Saints for KidsSaints Listed by MonthSolemnity of Mary Saint Basil the Great and Saint Gregory Nazianzen
Saint Elizabeth Ann SetonSaint John NeumannSaint Simeon the StyliteSaint Gertrude of DelftSaint Raymond of Penyafort
Aelred of RievaulxSaint HilarySaint Felix of NolaSaint Paul the HermitSaint Anthony
Saint Margaret of HungarySaint SebastianSaints Fabian and SebastianSaint AgnesSaint Vincent
Saint Ildefonsus of ToledoSaint Francis de SalesSaint Henry SusoSaint TitusSaint Angela Merici
Saint Thomas AquinasSaint John BoscoSaint BrigidSaint BlaseSt. Rabanus Maurus
Saint AgathaSaint Paul Miki and CompanionsSaint Josephine BSaint Jerome EmilianiSaint Miguel Febres Cordero
Saint ScholasticaOur Lady of Lourdes Saint Benedict of AnianeSaint Catherine dei Ricci Saint Valentine
Saints Cyril and MethodiusSaint Claude la ColombiereSeven Founders of the Order of ServitesBlesseds Fransisco and Jacinta Marto Saint Peter Damian
Chair of PeterSaint PolycarpSaint Ethelbert  Saint Alexander Saint Gabriel Francis Possenti
Saint Angela of Foligno Saint John Cassian Saint Katharine DrexelSaint CasimirSaint Colette
Saint Perpetua and Saint FelicitySaint John of GodSaint Frances of RomeSaint Dominic SavioSaint Frances of Rome
The Forty Martyrs of SebasteSaint Eulogius of CordobaSaint FinaSaint Louise de Marillac
Saint PatrickSaint Cyril of JerusalemSaint JosephSaint Martin of BragaSaint Nicholas of Flue
Saint Turibius of MongrovejoÓscar Arnulfo RomeroAnnunciation of the LordSaint BraulioSaint John Climacus
Saint Francis of PaolaSaint Isidore of SevilleSaint Vincent FerrerSaint John Baptist de la SalleSaint Julie Billiart
Dietrich BonhoefferSaint StanislausSaint Martin ISaint Bernadette SoubirousSaint Anselm
Saint Theodore of Sykeon Saint GeorgeSaint Fidelis of SigmaringenSaint MarkSaint Aldobrandesca
Saint Gianna Beretta MollaSaint Catherine of SienaSaint Pius VSaint Joseph the WorkerSaint Athanasius
Saints Philip and JamesLady Julian of Norwich Saint-Damien-may10.jpgSaints Nereus and AchilleusSaints Nereus and Achilleus
Saint John the SilentSaint MatthiasSaint Isidore the Farmer Saint Paschal BaylonSaint John I
Saint AlcuinSaint Bernardino of Siena Saint Constantine Saint Rita of CasciaJohn Baptist de Rossi
Saint Vincent of LérinsSaint Bede the VenerableSaint Gregory VIISaint Philip NeriSaint Augustine of Canterbury
Saint Bernard of MontjouxSaint Joan of ArcSaint JustinSaints Marcellinus and PeterSaint Charles Lwanga and Companions
Saint BonifaceSaint PhilipVenerable Matt TalbotSaint Anne Mary TaigiSaint Ephrem
Saint BarnabasSaint Anthony of PaduaSaint Lutgarde of AywièresSaint RomualdSaint Alban
Saint Aloysius GonzagaSaint Thomas MoreSaint Paulinus of NolaSaints John Fisher and Thomas MoreSaint Joseph Cafasso
The Birth of John the BaptistSaint Prosper of AquitaineSaint Cyril of AlexandriaSaint IrenaeusSaint Peter and Saint Paul
Venerable Pierre ToussaintFirst Martyrs of the Church of RomeBlessed Junípero SerraSaint ThomasPier-Giorgio Frassati
Saint Elizabeth of PortugalSaint Anthony ZaccariaSaint Maria GorettiBlessed Peter To RotSaint Veronica Giuliani
Saint BenedictSaint HenryKateri TekakwithaSaint Camillus of LellisSaint Bonaventure
Blessed Anne-Marie Javouhey Our Lady of Mount CarmelSaint MacrinaSaint Lawrence of BrindisiSaint Mary Magdalene
Saint Bridget of SwedenSaint JamesSaint Joachim and Saint AnnBlessed Rudolf AquavivaSaint Martha
Saint Peter ChrysologusSaint Ignatius of LoyolaSt. Alphonsus LiguoriSaint Peter Peter Faber (Favre)          Saint Eusebius of Vercelli
Saint John VianneyDedication of Saint Mary MajorFeast of the Transfiguration  Saint Sixtus II and CompanionsSaint Cajetan
Saint DominicSaint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross Saint LawrenceSaint ClareSaint Jane Frances de Chantal
Saints Pontian and HippolytusFather KolbeAssumption of Mary Saint Stephen of Hungary  Saint John Eudes
Saint Bernard of ClairvauxSaint Pius XSaint Rose of LimaSaint Joseph of CalasanzSaint Louis, King of France
Saint Joan Antide-Thouret   Saint MonicaSaint AugustineSaint Gregory the GreatBlessed Teresa of Calcutta
Birth of Mary Saint Peter Claver Saint John ChrysostomTriumph of the Cross Saint Catherine of Genoa
Saints Cornelius and CyprianSaint Robert BellarmineSaint JanuariusSaints Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang, and CompanionsSaint Matthew
Saint Padre Pio of PietrelcinaSaints Cosmas and DamianSaint Vincent de PaulSaint Wenceslaus
Saint Michael the ArchangelSaint JeromeSaint Thérèse of LisieuxGuardian Angels Saint Mother Therese Guerin
Francis of Assisi Saint Faustina Kowalska Saint BrunoBlessed Marie-Rose DurocherOur Lady of the Rosary
Saint Pelagia the Penitent  Saint DenisSaint Francis BorgiaBlessed John XXIIISaint Wilfrid
Saint Callistus ITeresa of AvilaSaint HedwigSaint Ignatius of AntiochSaint Luke
Saints Isaac Jogues, John de Brébeuf, and CompanionsSaint Paul of the CrossSaint HilarionSaint John of Capistrano  Saint Anthony Mary Claret
Saints Simon and Jude All Saints DayAll Souls DaySaint Martín de PorresSt. Charles Borromeo
Saint BertillaSaint Théophane VénardSaint WillibrordSaint Elizabeth of the TrinityDedication of St. John Lateran
Saint Leo the GreatSaint Martin of ToursSaint JosaphatSt. Frances Xavier CabriniSaint Raphael Kalinowski
Saint Margaret of ScotlandSaint Elizabeth of HungarySaint Odo of ClunySaint Mechtild of MagdeburgPresentation of Mary
Saint CeciliaSaint Clement ISaint ColumbanBlessed Miguel Agustín ProSaint Flora
Saint Catherine of AlexandriaSaint Leonard of Port MauriceSaint Gregory of SinaiSaint Catherine LabouréSaint Andrew
Saint Edmund CampionSaint John RuysbroeckSaint Francis XavierSaint John of DamascusSaint Sabas
The Life and Legends of St. NicholasSaint NicholasSaint AmbroseFeast of the Immaculate ConceptionSaint Juan Diego
Saint Eulalia of MéridaSaint Damasus IOur Lady of GuadalupeSaint LucySaint John of the Cross
Saint Mary of the AngelsSaint OlympiasSaint FlannanSaint Peter CanisiusSaint John of Kanty
Saint Marguerite dYouvilleSaint Jacopone da TodiSaint Stephen Saint JohnSaint Thomas Becket
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Saint Anthony of Padua, 1195-1231
Feast Day June 13

One of the most loved friends in heaven is St. Anthony of Padua. Your church might have a statue of him, and you might even have a holy card with his picture on it. People ask St. Anthony for help all the time, and for the most ordinary things, and that's okay. Like a good friend, St. Anthony is always willing to help. People especially like to ask St. Anthony to help them find things that are lost. In a minute, we'll find out why.

We turn to St. Anthony for help with our ordinary problems, but his life was really anything but ordinary. St. Anthony was born in Portugal, and when he grew up, he studied to be a priest. He was a brilliant student and knew the Bible backward and forward. Someone once said that if all the Bibles in Europe were burned, it wouldn't be a terrible problem. People could just go to St. Anthony, and he could write the Scriptures down for them!

Anthony was a good teacher, but one day something happened that inspired him to follow Jesus in a slightly different way. Five Franciscan priests had traveled to Morocco, a country in Africa, to preach the good news about Jesus. They were brutally killed, and what was left of their bodies was brought to the town where Anthony lived.

Anthony couldn't sit still any longer. More than anything, he wanted to go to Morocco himself and try to give the love of Jesus to the people who had done this terrible thing. No one seemed to need Christ's love more than people who would torture and kill innocent men.

So Anthony joined the Franciscan order, got on a ship, and sailed to Morocco. Things didn't work out as he had hoped, though. He fell ill soon after he arrived and had no choice but to return to Europe.

Anthony's plans weren't working out, but perhaps that's because God had something else in mind for him. The ship Anthony was on, the one he thought was taking him back to university life in Portugal, got blown off course by a sudden strong wind. It went straight to the island of Sicily, where a huge meeting of Franciscan brothers happened to be taking place at that very moment.

Anthony didn't speak at the meeting, since he was really an outsider. He sat silently and listened. Perhaps he even heard St. Francis of Assisi speaking of holy poverty as the way to follow Jesus and of how important it is to preach the love of Jesus to all people, especially the poor.

After the meeting, Anthony continued to live a quiet life as a friar, working in a hospital in Italy, taking the humblest jobs of all. Back in Portugal, Anthony had already begun to gain fame as a scholar and teacher, but he said not a word about that in the hospital. He worked hard in the kitchen and the garden, helping the sick in the most ordinary, everyday ways.

Then one day something happened that was almost as strange as the ship wandering off course. There was a large meeting of Franciscans and Dominicans, but oddly enough, the plans for who would give the sermon at the meeting fell through. There were plenty of fine preachers present, but none of them were prepared.

Those in charge of the meeting went down the line of friars. “Would you care to give the sermon, Brother? No? What about you, Father? No? Well, what about you, Fr. Anthony—is that your name?”

Slowly, Anthony rose, and just as slowly, he began to speak. The other friars sat up to listen. There was something very special about Anthony. He didn't use complicated language, but his holiness and love for God shone through his words. He was one of the best preachers they had ever heard!

From that point on, Anthony's quiet life in the hospital kitchen was over. For the rest of his life, he traveled around Italy and France, preaching sermons in churches and town squares to people who came from miles around.

His listeners heard Anthony speak about how important it is for us to live every day in God's presence. As a result of his words, hundreds of people changed their lives and bad habits, bringing Jesus back into their hearts.

Anthony wasn't always successful, though. In most cities, businesspeople would shut down their shops to come listen to Anthony. But in one city the townspeople closed their hearts to him and listened with hard faces and harsh eyes.

St. Anthony had done his best. He shrugged and turned around. The fish in the bay poked their heads out of the water to see what was going on, and St. Anthony started preaching to them instead!

Now, back to the first question. Why do we ask St. Anthony to help us find lost things?

St. Anthony had a book of psalms that was quite special to him. It was special because in those days before the printing press, books were rare and expensive. But it was also special because it contained many notes Anthony had made to help him in his preaching and teaching.

Late one night, a young Franciscan decided to leave the community. He'd had enough of that life, so he made plans to just sneak out in the middle of the night. He saw Anthony's book of psalms on his way out, and he snatched it up and ran. He knew that he could sell this precious book for a good deal of money.

Of course, Anthony was quite upset. He prayed that God would change the young man's heart and bring him back to the Franciscan life. He also hoped that while God was at it, he would return Anthony's book too.

The next day, the young man returned, tired and ashamed, with Anthony's book. He also brought back his own gifts and talents, which he decided once more to offer to the Franciscan community.

So that's why we like to ask St. Anthony to help us find lost things. He was an extraordinary man who can still help us from heaven, even in the most ordinary ways.


from Loyola Kids Books of Saints
by Amy Welborn © 2001

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