Anthony Neyrot

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Blessed Anthony Neyrot
The death of Blessed Anthony Neyrot
Born 1425
Rivoli, Piedmont, Italy
Died 10 April 1460
Tunis, modern Tunisia
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Beatified 22 February 1767 by Pope Clement XIII (cultus approved)
Feast 10 April

Anthony Neyrot (in Italian: Antonio Neyrot) (1425 in Rivoli, Piedmont – 10 April 1460) was an Italian Dominican priest, apostate, reconvert, and martyr.


Anthony Neyrot was born in Rivoli, in Piedmont, Italy, and entered the Dominicans. After completing his studies, he was ordained and lived for a while at San Marco in Florence where he studied under Antoninus of Florence. Unsatisfied, he asked for a mission change and he was sent to Sicily. Still unhappy, he left for Naples. On this voyage, his ship was captured by Moorish pirates, and along with the other passengers, was taken to North Africa.[1]

It would appear that the Muslim caliph of Tunis seemed to have liked Anthony, as he was treated kindly, and was not even confined, until his arrogance angered his captors. Antony was impatient and resented the idea of being a prisoner. Living on a diet of bread and water, he soon collapsed. He then denied his faith in order to buy his freedom.[1][2]

Anthony lost all faith in Christianity and began to translate the Koran. He was adopted by the king and married a Turkish lady of high rank. Then came news of the death of Antoninus. This led to a radical change in Anthony's attitudes. He had a dream in which Antoninus appeared to him; the conversation that transpired caused Anthony to resolve to readopt the faith which he had left behind, although such an action would result in his certain death.[1][3]

Finding a Dominican priest, Anthony confessed his sins, and on Palm Sunday of 1460, he publicly asked forgiveness from his fellow Catholics and was thereafter readmitted to his order.[4]

Wanting his reconversion to be as public as his denial had been, Anthony waited until the king held a public procession. Having confessed and made his private reconciliation with God, Anthony mounted the palace steps where all could see him clothed in a Dominican habit. Anthony proclaimed his faith, and the outraged king ordered that he be stoned to death. Anthony was killed on Holy Thursday, 1460.[1]


Anthony's body was recovered at great expense by merchants from Genoa[3] and was returned to Rivoli, where his tomb became a place of pilgrimage. Miracles were attributed to it, and an annual procession was held at his shrine, wherein all the present-day members of his family dressed in black and revered his memory.[1]

Blessed Anthony's cultus was approved by Pope Clement XIII on 22 February 1767.[5]


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  2. ^ "Bl. Anthony Neyrot". Saints and Angels. Catholic Online. Retrieved 2007-04-14. 
  3. ^ a b "April 10: Blessed Anthony Neyrot". Saints for April. Holy Spirit Interactive. Retrieved 2007-04-14. 
  4. ^ Oakes, Edward T. (S.J.) (2006-09-01). "Islam and Conversion". First Things. Retrieved 2007-04-14. 
  5. ^ "Blessed Anthony Neyrot, Priest and Martyr" (PDF).  (958 KiB), Manual of the Dominican Laity. Province of the Assumption, pp26-27. Retrieved on 23 February 2012.