St. Anthony of Padua (Our Patron)
The School is named after St. Anthony of Padua, a Franciscan friar who was born
in Lisbon, Portugal. In 1220, inspired by his strong desire to be a missionary,
he joined the order founded by St. Francis of Assisi. Arriving in Italy in 1221
he led a life of prayer in a hermitage. Anthony died on June 13, 1231 at Padua,
where great popular devotion to him soon sprang up. He was made a saint less than
a year after his death. Numerous miracles were attributed to him, and he enjoys
to this day a reputation as a wonder worker. His concern for the poor is recalled
in the institution of St. Anthony’s Bank, contributions from which are devoted to
the relief of the needy.
Our school is truly proud to have such an illustrious heavenly patron - a saintly
scholar and a lover of humanity. May St. Anthony help us to live the values he cherished
most: love for true wisdom and knowledge and love for the poor.