The Franciscan Friars of the Atonement have always turned to St. Anthony of Padua in times of need. Fr. Paul Wattson, the founder of our religious community, often called upon fellow Franciscan, St. Anthony and lovingly referred to him as our "big brother".
Whether in times of great need or simply misplacing his quill pen, Fr. Paul would call upon St. Anthony for his intercession – and time and again St. Anthony would assist.
Known as the patron saint of the poor, of sailors and fishermen, of priests and travelers, a protector and guardian of the mails, and wonder-worker, the story of St. Anthony of Padua is very special