St. Anthony Zaccaria was born and came of age during a particularly turbulent period in the Church's history – the time of the Protestant Reformation. By 1500, while it was apparent to many that reforms were indeed needed, saints like Anthony worked within the Church to revitalize, re-energize and rejuvenate the practice of the faith.
Anthony was born in 1502; while still quite young, his father died, leaving his mother a widow at age 18. Devoted to her only child, she saw to his spiritual education, raising him to practice charity toward the poor and suffering.
He received a medical doctorate at the age of 22; within three years, however, he found himself drawn to the religious life and was ordained a priest at 26.
Known chiefly for his preaching and his acts of public penance, Anthony also founded the congregation known as the Barnabites, named for the companion of st. Paul. In addition, he began such practices as Forty Hours devotion, encouraging the laity to become involved in the apostolate of the Church. In 1539, worn out by his labors, Anthony died in his mother's home at the age of 36. His feast day is celebrated July 5.
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