Anthony the Hermit

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Anthony the Hermit (ca. 468 – ca. 520), also known as Antony of Lérins, is a Christian saint. He was born in the ancient Roman province of Valeria (now the Balkans), then part of the Hunnic Empire. When he was eight years old, his father died and he was entrusted to the care of the holy Abbot Severinus of Noricum, in modern-day Austria. Upon the death of Severinus in 482, Anthony was sent to Germany and put in the care of his uncle, Constantius, an early Bishop of Lorsch. While there, Anthony is thought to have become a monk[1] at the age of twenty.[2]

In 488, at about 20 years of age, Anthony moved to Italy to take up an eremitical life with a small group of hermits living on an island in Lake Como. He was eventually joined by numerous disciples seeking to emulate his holiness and he chose to seek greater solitude in Gaul. He lived in various solitary places until he became a monk at the Abbey of Lérins two years before his death,[3] where he became well-known locally for the holiness of his life and the miracles he had performed.

Anthony is commemorated according to their respective church calendars on 28 December by the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches.

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