At age 22, Anthony disposed of his wealth and went to live as a hermit in Upper Egypt. Many disciples lived near him and he was their spiritual guide. He founded two monasteries for them. One was the first monastery in the Christian world. St. Athanasius took him to Alexandria to preach against heresy. The first monastery he built is the oldest Christian one in the world and is still open.
FEAST DAY- January 17
PATRON OF- Lost articles, the poor