St Paschal Baylon


St Paschal Baylon was born on the 16 May 1540. He labored as a shepherd for his father, performed miracles, and was distinguished for his austerity. Paschal received a vision which told him to enter a nearby Franciscan community, he became a Franciscan lay brother of the Alcantrine reform, and spent most of his life as a humble doorkeeper. He practiced rigorous asceticism and displayed a deep love for the Blessed Sacrament, so much so that while on a mission to France, he defended the doctrine of the Real Presence against a Calvinist preacher and in the face of threats from other irate Calvinists. St Paschal died on the 17th May 1592 and was canonised in 1690. He is the patron saint of Eucharistic congress and Eucharistic associations.


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Fr Anthony is a priest of the Congregation of St Michael the Archangel, and is currently the Director of Identity and Mission at the Australian Catholic University.