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St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria

Feast day:  July 5

Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria was born in Cremona, Italy in 1502.  Anthony became a medical doctor. In 1528 he was ordained a priest and cofounded the Barnabites, the religious congregation so called because it was headquartered in St. Barnabas Monastery in Milan and occupied the monastery in 1538, having been approved in 1533.. This order was dedicated to working for the renewal of the clergy and laity.

He was a preacher who worked to reform the Church. Anthony popularized the forty-hour prayer ceremony, promoted the use of altar sacraments, and introduced the ringing of church bells on Friday. He is depicted in liturgical art in habit.  He had a special devotion to the Crucified Christ, also to our Eucharistic Lord

He was only thirty-six years old when he died.

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