Blessed Anthony of Amandola
Anthony of Amandola (1355-1450) was known for his humility, obedience, apostolic zeal and consistent asceticism.
He was born January 17, 1355 in Amandola, Ascoli Piceno, Italy. Because of the reputation of Augustinian Saint Nicholas of Tolentine, Anthony decided to enter the Order of Saint Augustine.
He was assigned to the Church of Saint Nicholas of Tolentine around 1385. Twelve years later he was sent to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in southern Italy.
Anthony returned to Amandola in 1400. He was responsible for a new monastery being built there, along with an adjoining church. Originally named in honor of Saint Augustine, the church is now named in memory of Anthony.
Anthony died January 25, 1450. About ten years after his death, January 25 was declared a City Holiday in Amandola. The body of Anthony remains incorrupt. It is exposed for public veneration in the Church of Saint Augustine, Amandola.