Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Monday 30 November |
The Feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle
Daily Prayer
And today we celebrate...Saint of the Day

St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria

A medical doctor who heard a call to heal souls

Barnabitefather CC

Founder of the Barnabites: 1502-1539

His life

+ Anthony Mary was born in Cremona, Italy. After working as a medical doctor, he realized his true vocation was to heal souls as well as bodies.

+ Ordained in 1528, he founded a new religious community of priests who would “regenerate and revive the love of divine worship and a properly Christian way of life by frequent preaching and faithful ministering of the sacraments.” The Clerks Regular of St. Paul are more commonly known as the “Barnabites.”

+ Anthony Mary was especially devoted to the Blessed Sacrament and the crucifix.

+ His surviving sermons reveal a gentle man who preached simple, solid faith and doctrine.

+ Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria died in 1539 and was canonized in 1897.

Spiritual bonus

The Barnabites take their name from the Monastery of St. Barnabas, which was given to Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria to be the home of his new community. Milan’s archbishop, Saint Charles Borromeo, had a great admiration for the work of the Barnabites and supported their early ministries. For this reason, he is honored as a patron of the community, although he himself was never a member.


“In his mercy God has chosen us, unworthy as we are, out of the world, to serve him and thus to advance in goodness and to bear the greatest possible fruit of love in patience.”—Saint Anthony Mary

To learn more about the Barnabites, visit:

To learn more about the Angelic Sisters of St. Paul, visit:


Grant, O Lord, that in the spirit of the Apostle Paul
we may pursue the surpassing knowledge of Jesus Christ,
for, having learned it,
Saint Anthony Zaccaria
constantly preached your saving word in the Church.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

(from The Roman Missal)


Saint profiles prepared by Brother Silas Henderson, S.D.S.

Access our archives of daily saint biographies here
Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
Zoe Romanowsky
20-year-old filmmaker wins award for powerful...
Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti, East London Gospel Choir
J-P Mauro
Hear Clapton and Pavarotti sing a prayer to t...
John Paul II
Philip Kosloski
St. John Paul II's guide to a fruitful Advent
Fr. Patrick Briscoe, OP
6 Questions to determine if your heart is har...
John Burger
British archaeologist confident he has found ...
Cerith Gardiner
12 Things we can be grateful for this Thanksg...
See More