St. Anthony of Egypt
Patron Saint of Gravediggers, Butchers, and Skin Diseases
Wishing to leave all to follow Christ, St. Anthony distributed his holdings among the poor, and retired to a life of solitude. He lived a life of mortification.
At fifty-four, being sought out by men who wanted to follow his way of life, Anthony founded his first monastery in Fayum in a series of scattered caves, which he visited occasionally.
*Header image: Saint Anthony of Egypt driving away devils. Drawing by Grégoire Huret (1606–1670).