St. Anthony relic finds its way to Oconto Falls parish

OCONTO FALLS – A fragment of St. Anthony is now in the care of a namesake parish.

The gift of a tiny bit of bone from the revered 13th century saint, inside a glass case at the center of a brass cross, was announced at Mass at St. Anthony on Dec. 9.

“It’s an honor to have a piece of who we're named after, and a strong reminder of who we’re named after — St. Anthony,” said St. Anthony School Principal Alex Wolf.

Fr. Joel Sember said the saint, who died nearly 800 years ago, is one of the patron saints of Italy. He was known for his preaching and miracles, he added, though today he is also invoked in prayer by those searching for misplaced belonging.

“I find it interesting that St. Anthony found us a relic,” Sember said.

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