During the construction of the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua, a child drowned. The child's mother prayed to St. Anthony and if her child's life were restored, she would give wheat to the poor an amount equal to the weight of her child.
Canonized by Pope Gregory IX on May 30, 1232, less than one year following his death
Commissioned by St. Francis to teach theology to the Franciscan Friars
Known as the Evangelical Doctor, Wonder-Worker, and Hammer of Heretics
Poisoned food offered by heretics was rendered innocuous by blessing himself with the Sign of the Cross
One of 35 Doctors of the Church
Blessed be the eternal God; for the fishes of the sea honor him more than men without faith, and animals without reason listen to his word with greater attention than sinful heretics.
The chapel dedicated to St. Anthony has several of his sacred relics,
including the chapel's most popular relic: his tooth