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St. Anthony of the Desert, a Father of Monasticism and Co-Patron of Animals

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Saint Antoine l’Abbaye in Isère, France.

Anthony, who goes by many titles — Anthony of Egypt, Anthony the Abbot, Anthony the Anchorite, Anthony the Hermit, Anthony of Thebes, and Anthony the Great — founded communities of men with similar callings to his own, seekers of God in renunciation of the world.