St. Antony of Lerins
Antony of Lerins (466-520) became an orphan at the age of 8 and was given over to the care of St. Severinus. Having most likely grown up in a monastery, Antony was surrounded by men who were devoted to their faith. Antony became a monk himself when he was 20 years old. He worked closely with a priest named Marius, who wanted Antony to become a priest to help him with his work. Antony preferred a more solitary life of service and joined two hermits who lived near a lake. There he was able to pray and study the Scriptures and also work in his garden. Because many visitors wanted to meet him, he retreated to a more solitary place in the Alps. Several miracles are attributed to him, and we remember him on Dec. 28.