Saint Anthony of Padua was a unanimous choice of the Building Committee to be the fourth saint honored in our church. Saint Anthony, born Fernando Martins de Bulhões, was a Portuguese Catholic priest and friar of the Franciscan Order. Noted by his contemporaries for his forceful preaching, expert knowledge of scripture, and undying love and devotion to the poor and the sick, he was one of the most-quickly canonized saints in church history. He was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church on 16 January 1946. His Feast Day is June 13th.
He is also the patron saint of lost things. This prayer to St. Anthony asks for help in finding missing items:
Prayer to St. Anthony for lost items
St. Anthony, perfect imitator of Jesus, who received from God the special power of restoring lost things, grant that I may find (name the lost item) which has been lost.
At least restore to me peace and tranquillity of mind, the loss of which has afflicted me even more than my material loss. To this favor, I ask another of you: that I may always remain in possession of the true good that is God. Let me rather lose all things than lose God, my supreme good. Let me never suffer the loss of my greatest treasure, eternal life with God.
Saint Antony Shrine
given in loving memory of
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Townsend
by Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Townsend