ST. ANTHONY MEETS THE FRANCISCAN FRIARS GOING TO THE MISSIONS
Born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1195, St. Anthony was given the baptismal name of Fernando. At the age of 15, he entered the religious Order of the Canons Regular of St. Augustine. At the Monastery of the Holy Cross in Coimbra, in 1219, he met a group of young Franciscan Friars who were going on a missionary expedition to Morocco. Their zeal for the Gospel impressed him. His holiness touched them.