St. Anthony’s Senior Secondary School, Udaipur India

St. Anthony’s Senior Secondary School, Udaipur

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St. Anthony’s Senior Secondary School is located in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India.[1][2] It is affiliated by the Central Board of Secondary Education.[1][3] This is an English medium coeducational secondary school with two campuses.[citation needed] The principal is William D`Souza.[4] Director – Albin D’souza It’s branch is in goverdhan villas. The Director’s Day is celebrated on 17th of December each year.

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St. Anthony’s High School Lahore Pakistan

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St. Anthony’s High School is part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lahore in Pakistan. It is ranked among the best educational institutions in Punjab. It is situated at Lahore’s historical road, The Mall. The Marist Fathers of Ireland established St. Anthony’s High School in 1892.[1] It now has been expanded to college level as well. The Sacred Heart Cathedral is located besides the school. When Lt. Col (r) L.C. Rath was the principal in 1992. nearly 2,000 pupils enrolled at the school and a staff of 100.[2]

The motto of the institution is SCIENTIA CUM VIRTUE meaning KNOWLEDGE WITH VIRTUE.

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East India Company of England after waging wars against European intruders in India and local Rajas established its rule in the Indo-Pak Subcontinent in 1849, when Punjab and NWFP fell to it under a proclamation of March 30, 1849. Hence, to run its administration smoothly, it needed literate locals. So it established educational institutions with European knowledge and English as medium of instruction from where Indians were recruited for jobs. With the British occupation of India, the American and European missionaries started pouring into India to enlighten it with modern education. St. Anthony’s a prestigious School and beacon of light from where a host of international famous personalities of Indo-Pakistan Subcontinent have been enlightened was founded on 1 March 1892 in Peeli Kothi, Empress Road, Lahore by the Maarist Fathers of Ireland. They named it St. Anthony’s Catholic Day School. Rt. Reverend Doctor VAN DON BOUCH performed its opening ceremony with only three students at Empress Road Lahore where St. Anthony’s Church and Don Bosco School stand majestically today guiding the people spiritually, morally and educationally.

As it progressed, its site was shifted to a more appropriate place 3-Lawrence Road, where it was renamed St. Anthony’s High School in 1900 which was dedicated to St. Anthony of Padua who sympathized with the miserable and gave hope to the despaired people. Bishop of Lahore Rt. Reverend VAN DON BOUCH performed the dedication ceremony of this school. Father Leo took over as the first Principal of the school who started ‘O’ Level classes in it.

On 27 January 1896, the Indian Railways promised a grant of Rs.500 for the construction of the school and thus this institution was called Railway Church School. The Viceroy of India, Lord Lansdowne sanctioned Rs.5000 for the school building. So a boarding house was constructed for the students in 1896.

School Profile

St. Anthony’s School, Lawrence Road Lahore is purely a boy’s institution and is divided into the following three sections:-

  • The Junior Section
  • The Senior Section
  • Hugher Secondary Section

The Educational Program at the St. Anthony’s High School has been designed to educate students with strong written, oral and quantitative skills, equipped with sound knowledge which makes the students ready to pursue their goals with determination and courage. They are ready to accept positive change in their lives and are committed to enhance their potentials by bringing a positive change in their both personal and career lives. The curriculum, the teaching methodology and the assessment practices are designed to produce these results. The program is focused on motivating the students for self enlightenment through quality education and character building.

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Saint Anthony of Padua

Saint Anthony of Padua

Holy Saint Anthony, gentle and powerful in your help, your love for God and charity for His creatures, made you worthy, when on earth, to possess miraculous powers. Miracles waited on your word, which you were always ready to request for those in trouble or anxiety. Encouraged by this thought, I implore you to obtain for me (request). The answer to my prayer may require a miracle. Even so, you are the Saint of miracles. Gentle and loving Saint Anthony, whose heart is ever full of human sympathy, take my petition to the Infant Savior for whom you have such a great love, and the gratitude of my heart will ever be yours. Amen.

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St. Anthony’s Monastery- Egypt.

St. Anthony’s Monastery
(Deir Mar Antonios)

St. Anthony the Great, when orphaned at the age of 18, became a hermit and thus lived to 105 years old. He lived as an Anchorite, as still exists in Egypt, and it is said that he was tormented his entire life by flatteries and temptations of the devil. He, along with St. Pachomius, were two of the first exponents of Christian monasticism, which originated in the Egyptian desert. He is buried beneath one of the ancient churches (St. Anthony) of the monastery.

St. Anthony’s Monastery (Deir Mar Antonios), and its neighbor St. Paul’s, are the oldest monasteries in Egypt. Hidden deep in the Red Sea Mountains and relying on springs for their water supply, both still observe rituals that have hardly changed in 16 centuries. They are accessible by special tours from Cairo, Suez or Hurghada and a stay in either monastery can be arranged in advance.

St. Anthony’s was founded in 356 AD, just after the saints death. Between the 12th and 15th centuries, the monastery flourished but was plundered in 1454 by Bedouin servants. Today it is a self-contained village with gardens, a mill, a bakery and five churches with exceptional wall paintings of holy knights in bright colors and the hermit founders of the monastery in subdued colors and icons. There is also a library with over 1,700 handwritten manuscripts, but the Bedouin servants who plundered the monastery used many manuscripts for cooking fuel. At one time, there must have been a much more extensive library. St. Anthony’s Cave (magharah), where he lived as a hermit, is a 2 km hike from the monastery and 680 m. above the Red Sea. It offers stunning views of the mountains and the sea, and the chance to see a wide range of bird life.

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Monastery of Saint Anthony

Monastery of Saint Anthony

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Monastery of Saint Anthony

A view of St. Anthony’s Monastery in July 2006
Monastery of Saint Anthony is located in Egypt

Location within Egypt

The Monastery of Saint Anthony is a Coptic Orthodox monastery standing in an oasis in the Eastern Desert of Egypt. Hidden deep in the Red Sea mountains, it is located 334 km (207 miles) southeast of Cairo. It is one of the oldest monasteries in the world, and was established by the followers of Saint Anthony, who is considered to be the first ascetic monk. The Monastery of St. Anthony is one of the most prominent monasteries in Egypt and has strongly influenced the formation of several Coptic institutions, and has promoted monasticism in general. Several patriarchs have been pulled from the monastery, and several hundred pilgrims visit it each day.

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Thousands flock to St. Anthony’s shrine in Bangladesh.

Thousands flock to St. Anthony’s shrinein Bangladesh.

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Tens of thousands flocked to this year’s annual pilgrimage to St. Anthony of Padua’s shrine, in what is fast-becoming a universal celebration among devotees from all faiths in Bangladesh.

About 50,000 people, including three archbishops, two bishops, 54 priests, 100 nuns and 20 brothers made the pilgrimage on February 4 in Nagari parish in Gazipur district, about 45 kilometers east from Dhaka.

This annual devotion has been going on for just over 225 years. Traditionally, it is celebrated ahead of Lent, which begins on March 9 this year, rather than on June 13, St. Anthony’s feast day in the Church’s liturgical calendar.

Coadjutor Archbishop Holy Cross Patrick D’Rozario and Archbishop Paulinus Costa of Dhaka presided over two grand feast-day holy masses.

“We pray to Saint Anthony as our prayers are answered. The more we pray the more fruits we’ll receive. The people who have slackening faith can become stronger by attending the pilgrimage here,” Archbishop Costa told the gathering during his homily.

Many make the pilgrimage to give thanks to “miracles” attributed to the saint.

Local Hindu housewife Sheuli Rani Das, 26 came to thank the saint for her son’s speedy recovery from typhoid.

“My two-year-old son was seriously ill recently. I prayed to the saint for his recovery and my son soon got well,” she told ucanews.com.

“My four-year-old son was semi-paralyzed and couldn’t walk unaided. I’ve tried getting treatment for him at home and abroad but nothing worked until I started praying to Saint Anthony,” said Fariduddin, a Muslim.

Now my son is walking much better, he said, so I’ve come to offer a manot (thanksgiving gift), to the saint, he added.

Saint Anthony was born in Portugal in 1195. He was ordained a priest in 1220and joined the Franciscans the following year. Pope Gregory IX canonized him in 1232, less than a year after his death.

He is popularly revered as a finder of lost things as well as patron of the poor and travelers.

Source: ucanews.com

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St. Anthony’s Shrine Kochchikade – Colombo

St. Anthony’s Shrine Kochchikade – Colombo

In Sri Lanka St. Anthony has many devotees and several Churches have been erected in his honor. Perhaps the most popular one that daily attracts people of every cast, creed or race is the one at Kochchikade, in the heart of the city of Colombo.

One has only to visit this church on any Tuesday of the year, to see the thousands from North, South, East & West who come to pray to St. Anthony, to ask his help for some need, to fulfill promisses made, to thank him for answering their prayers and show their love and respect.

The history of this church at Kochchikade as handed down by tradition and gleaned from the documents preserved in the Archdiocesan Archives in Colombo is as follows;
In the 18th Century, Catholicism was still a proscribed religion in Sri Lanka and priests could not exercise their ministry in public. The Dutch were persecuting the Catholics but who preferred to be degraded, impoverished and ridiculed rather than give up their Faith; Shrines such as Madhu, Talawila and Kochchikade are souvenirs of those dark days of the persecution. (S.G. Per era, S J Historical Sketches page 14) A few Orations from Goa, visited the faithful in Ceylon at the risk at their lives. Fr. Jacome Gonsalves the Superior of Orations who is affectionately remembered in Ceylon as the ‘father of Sinhala Catholic Literature, lamented the fact the Catholics of Colombo had no resident priest. However a zealous priest, Fr. Antonio, disguised as a merchant took up his abode in a house in Maliban Street, Colombo, close to St. Philip Neris Church. (The old Church faced the road) The Dutch discovered his hiding place, but Fr. Antonio, disguised, fled towards Mutwal. He met some fishermen who knew him and his reputation for Sanctity, and volunteered to protect him from the Dutch, provided he obtained from God the favor they wanted, namely the stoppage of Sea erosion. When the pursuers arrived, the fishermen refused to hand over Fr. Antonio until he had granted them the favor they were asking for. Fr. Antonio then returned to his home at Maliban Street, and came to the shoe, clad in his priestly garments and with a large wooden Cross in his hand. Planting the Cross at the spot most threatened by the advancing Sea, he prayed to God to manifest His Glory, by working this miracle. On the third day the waves receded and an extensive sand bank was exposed to the view of all.

The Dutch Government appreciated this favor and offered a reward to the people’s benefactor. The humble priest asked only the permission to live and die near the Cross he had planted. This was granted and the priest built a Chapel with mud in honor of his patron, St. Anthony of Padua. When he died after many years, he was buried there.

The little Chapel which was made of mud was enlarged in 1806. And in 1822 one of the members of the Congregation went to Goa and brought a Statue of St. Anthony and it was solemnly placed on the altar of the small Church. This is the very image that is to day held great veneration at St. Anthony’s Church, Kochchikade,and the side altar on which it rests, is the altar of the ancient Church and stands on the very spot Sanctified by miraculous event to which the origin of the same Sanctuary is due.

A tiny piece of the incorrupt tongue of St. Anthony of Padua is enshrined is a special reliquary and placed in one of the glass cases with a statue of the saint, at the entrance to the Church.

Soon after the arrival of the statue of St. Anthony the work of building of a large Church commenced and the Church was completed in 1828. The blessing of the new Church took place on Sunday the 1st June 1834, presided over by the Vicar General Very Rev. Fr. Caetano Antonio. It would appear that people of all creeds, government and military authorities too included, lent their support towards the erection of this Church which continues to be a centre of deep devotion to the Wonder-Worker. With the devotees of the Saint increasing, this Church too became congested. In 1938 plans were made to improve and enlarge the structure. A Chorister’s gallery, large wings on either side, the Mission house and meeting room behind the main altar were added. On the 16th February 1940 the Most Rev. Dr. J.M. Masson O.M.I. the Archbishop of Colombo, blessed the new Church. In his Lenten pastoral of that year he wrote ‘The Venerable building hallowed by over a century of Catholic piety could no longer serve the growing needs of the present day. It called for replacement; a new and more spacious structure has now taken its place. It is indeed a monument of love and devotion to St. Anthony raised by all, rich and poor, but mostly the latter, in Colombo, as well as in the whole of Ceylon. May St. Anthony protect this City and this Island and all his devout clients and lovers therein.(C.C.M. of 1-3-40)

The present marble altar in the centre of the Church was consecrated by the then Archbishop of Colombo, his Eminence Thomas Cardinal Cooray O.M.I. in 1951.

In keeping with the new Liturgy, the main altar has now been re-adjusted to enable Holy Mass to be said facing the people and Blessed Sacrament is now reserved on a special altar on the left wing. The Church now has a new appearance with its terrazzo flooring.

The miraculous statue of St Anthony at side altar has now been installed in a bullet proof glass case to ensure its protection and safety. And iron safe has been installed beneath the statue.

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