Anthony the Great Biography
Birthday: January 12, 251 (Capricorn)
Born In: Herakleopolis Magna, Egypt
Anthony the Great or Saint Anthony was a Christian monk who has been revered as a saint since his death. He was from Egypt. Owing to his importance in Christian monasticism, he is often referred to as the Father of All Monks. He was a disciple of St. Paul of Thebes and his teachings are considered to be among the first attempts to generate guidelines on how to live as an ascetic. In fact, many people went on to follow him and lived close to him, a phenomenon that came to be popularly known as “populating the desert.” Anthony began to practice an ascetic lifestyle at the young age of 20. He went on to live alone after 15 years, thereby embracing complete solitude in the mountains. His biography was first written by bishop Athanasius of Alexandria. This biography helped in spreading Christian monasticism in Western Europe through its Latin versions. Anthony’s feast day is celebrated on 17th January in both Catholic and Orthodox churches. He is still revered in many parts of the world. People pray to him for relief from infectious skin diseases.