Saints and Their Symbols – Saint Antonino

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A.D. 1461, May 10, was born in Florence of noble parents, and early showed a pious, thoughtful disposition. In his childhood he would spend hours in prayer before a crucifix, still kept in the Church of Or Saint Michele. He was very anxious to enter the Dominican convent at Fiesole, and, after putting him to some severe tests, the Prior consented. Here he soon became noted for his talents, as well as for his devotion and humility, and here also he became acquainted with Fra Angelico, then a brother in the convent. When, some time later, the Pope offered the archbishopric of Florence to Fra Angelico, he declined it, feeling himself unequal to the task, but begged that it might be given to Antonino instead. The Pope granted his prayer, and Antonino fully justified his friend’s confidence, for he filled his high office with the greatest wisdom and prudence, and devoted his whole life to good works. He was particularly careful of the poor, depriving himself of all but bare necessaries for their sake; and some of the charitable institutions he organized exist to this day. He died at the age of seventy, to the great grief of all his people, and was buried in the convent of Saint Mark.

MLA Citation

  • E A Greene. “Saint Antonino”. Saints and Their Symbols, 1909. 20 August 2013. Web. 20 April 2014. <>