Called the Patriarch of Monks, St. Anthony retired to the desert when he was eighteen years old. He was the first abbot to form a stable rule for his community of monks dedicated to the service of God. His renown for spiritual direction prompted many people to travel to the desert to seek his advice.

“Nourished for our healing by your Sacraments, O Lord, may we escape every snare of the enemy unharmed, just as by your grace Saint Anthony won glorious victories over the powers of darkness. Through Christ our Lord.” (Prayer After Communion)
~ from the Proper of Saints, Daily Roman Missal