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