St Antony: Patron of Lost Things
For anyone who has ever lost anything, they will be familiar with praying to St. Antony, whose feast falls in June. What is lesser known is that he was also famous for his eloquence and powers of reconciliation.
Born Fernando Martins in Lisbon, Portugal, his family were very wealthy. By the age of fifteen asked to be sent to the Abbey of Santa Cruz in Coimbra, the then capital of Portugal. Following his ordination, he felt a desire to join the Franciscan order. When he finally received permission from the abbey, he joined the Franciscans and changed his name to Antony. Like St. Francis, he is renowned for his ability to relate to animals and there are many stories of his remarkable communication skills that mesmerised all creatures.
Miriam Gormally met with Eve Parnell, artist with a devotion to St Antony to find our more. She asked her about the stories surrounding St Antony as well as how he has been depicted through Art. Eve also explains how St Antony’s story can inspire anyone who feels like they aren’t been listened to!