ST ANTONIUS OF FLORENCE, BISHOP AND CONFESSOR – FEAST DAY: MAY 10
Born at Florence of good parents, Antonius even as a child showed signs of great sanctity. At sixteen, he entered the Dominicans and from then on his reputation for outstanding virtue grew.
He became a Dominican Friar
His observance of abstinence and chastity was very strict. He was called Antonius the Counsellor because of his skill in that work. Eugene IV appointed him Archbishop of Florence, but Antonius only accepted reluctantly and out of respect for the authority of the Apostolic See.
He accepted reluctantly
As archbishop, he was eminently prudent, pious, and charitable, and full of gentleness and priestly zeal. He had a thorough, self-taught knowledge of most of the sciences, and wrote many learned books on them. He died on the sixth of the Nones of May in 1459. Adrian VI entered his name on the list of saints.
– From: An Approved English Translation of the Roman Breviary, Burns & Oates, London, 1964