Feast-day: May 2nd
When did St. Anthony of Florence live: 1389 - 1459
Biography of St. Anthony of Florence:
Anthony was born in 1389 in Italy and entered the Dominican Order at the age of sixteen years. Despite his young years, he was soon charged with the administration of multiple houses of his order in Rome, Florence and Naples. Before being consecrated archbishop of Florence in 1446, he served as a vicar of the Congregation. The people loved him for his energy and will in fighting against the plague and an earthquake that took place in 1448. Anthony died in 1459 and Pope Pius II conducted his funerals.
Patronage: St. Anthony of Florence is patron saint of Moncalvo, Turin, University of Santo Tomas Graduate School and of Manila (Philippines), against bad luck and fever
Statues and wooden sculptures representing St. Anthony of Florence - portrayal, imagery and emblem: St. Antony of Florence is represented as a dominic friar with book, cross around his neck and a skull lying at his feet.