Anthony of Antioch
|Venerated in||Roman Catholic Church
Eastern Orthodox Church
|Feast||9 January (Roman Catholic)
8 January (Eastern Orthodox)
Anthony (died 302 AD) was an early Christian priest who suffered martyrdom with Anastasius, Julian, Celsus and Marcionilla during the persecutions of Diocletian. Denouncing the Roman way of life, he lived as a desert hermit, practiced celibacy, lived off roots and plants, and shunned any visitors he received. Anthony wished to live his life in complete solidarity with God.
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