St. Anthony of Alexandria

Did you know that a black African Catholic, Saint Anthony of Alexandria, is known as the patriarch of monks?

He was born at Aama, a village of Memphis, near Thebes. His parents were rich Christians. Shortly after inheriting his parents’ fortune, he sold all of his vast fortunes and gave the proceeds to the poor, sent his sister to a nunnery, and retired to an old ruin of a tomb. He only ate every three of four days and spent his time at manual labor and prayer.

St. Anthony of Alexandria, pray for us.