St. Anthony, Abbot

anthony-abbotSt. Anthony, the father and patriarch of monks, in all likelihood founded in Egypt the first monasteries authorized in the Church.  He died in the year 356, at the age of a hundred and four years.  In consequence of the disease called St. Anthony’s fire, a great number of hospitals and chapels called after him arose throughout France and Italy.
(Source: Fr. Lasance, The New Roman Missal)

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