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St. Anthony the Abbot

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Personal Details 

• Feast Day : 17 January Father of Monks 

• Born : 251 A.D. 

• Died : 356 A.D. 


St. Anthony was born in Egypt in A.D. 251 to a wealthy family. When he was 18 years old, his parents died. One day he prayed and read from the Bible, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” He was moved by these words and decided to follow Jesus. He gave away all his property except what he and his sister needed to live on. A few days later, when praying he heard, “Do not worry about tomorrow”, he gave away everything else. 

St. Anthony was penniless. He entrusted his sister to a convent. He went into the woods alone to live a life of praying and fasting, separated from the world for 20 years. Then he came back and founded the first monastery at the age of 54. To be a monk, one would be locked up alone in a room to pray and not allowed to go out. St. Anthony told his disciples about various house rules. This became the early formation of monastic community and monastery regulations. 

St. Anthony was a hermit; nevertheless, at the request of the Bishop, he visited Alexandria to respond to the bad teachings of Arius. St. Anthony devoted his whole life fully to the service of God. He would never fall sick. He said his last words of good-bye to his fellows and died peacefully at the age of 105. 


Little Quiz 

• Why did St. Anthony give away all his property to the poor? 

• What kind of life was St. Anthony living when he became penniless? 

• Reflecting on the life of St. Anthony, what are the challenges for you? 

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