Bl Luke Belludi; Seven Founders of the Order of Servites; St Fintan of Cloneenagh; St Alexis Falconieri
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Bl Luke Belludi
In 1220, St.
Anthony was preaching conversion to the inhabitants of Padua when a young nobleman, Luke Belludi,
came up to him and humbly asked to receive the habit of the followers of St. Francis. Anthony liked
the talented, well-educated Luke and personally recommended him to St. Francis, who then received
him into the Franciscan Order.
Luke, then only 20, was to be Anthony's companion in his travels and in his preaching, tending
to him in his last days and taking Anthony's place upon his death. He was appointed guardian of the
Friars Minor in the city of Padua. In 1239 the city fell into the hands of its enemies. Nobles were
put to death, the mayor and council were banished, the great university of Padua gradually closed
and the church dedicated to St. Anthony was left unfinished.
Luke himself was
expelled from the city but secretly returned. At night he and the new guardian would visit the tomb
of St. Anthony in the unfinished shrine to pray for his help. One night a voice came from the tomb
assuring them that the city would soon be delivered from its evil tyrant.
After the fulfillment of
the prophetic message, Luke was elected provincial minister and furthered the completion of the
great basilica in honor of Anthony, his teacher. He founded many convents of the order and had, as
Anthony, the gift of miracles. Upon his death he was laid to rest in the basilica that he had helped
finish and has had a continual veneration up to the present
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