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1195 First years in Lisbon

It is difficult to write a biography of St. Anthony of Padua because we have so few details about large portions of his life, especially about his youth.

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1210 - 1220 In Saint Vincent and in Coimbra

Ferdinand’s pious intentions brought him into more and more conflict with his family. They wanted him to be successful according to the standards of the world.

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1220 The Franciscan transformation

After his ordination, Ferdinand was placed in charge of hospitality in his abbey. It was in this responsibility that he first came into contact with the Franciscans.

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1220 - 1222 From Africa to Assisi

Shortly after, Anthony set off with a fellow friar, intending to die preaching the Gospel in Morocco.

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1222 - 1227 Preacher in Italy and in France

Things rarely work out the way we have planned them, for God’s ways are not our ways.

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1227 - 1231 Provincial Minister

Due to his talent put at the service of the Kingdom of God, Anthony was assigned the post of Minister Provincial (or guide of Franciscan fraternities) in northern Italy, probably during the years 1

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1231 His death

The care of Count Tiso and of the friars was not enough to bring Anthony back to health. On June 13, 1231, Anthony came down from his tree house to eat the noonday meal with the friars.

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