St. Antoninus of Florence

St. Antoninus, of the Order of Preachers, Confessor and Bishop of Florence. His natal day not his birthday but the day he died and was "born again" into Heaven is May 2. – Roman Martyrology for May 10

As Archbishop of Florence from 1446 to 1459, St. Antoninus was noted for his efforts to see that the poor were fed and cared for, a project he funded by selling off most of his personal property. In the picture at right his mitre has been set aside while he works to distribute food to the needy, who were especially numerous during these years of plague and famine (Butler, I, 263-64).

Prepared in 2018 by Richard Stracke, Emeritus Professor of English, Augusta University.

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Da Ponte, The Charity of St. Antoninus. (See the description page.)


Zettler, St. Antoninus. (See the description page.)

DATES

  • Lived March 1, 1389 - May 2, 1459
  • Feast day: May 10

NAMES

  • His name means "little Anthony." It distinguished him from his father, who was also called Anthony.

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