St. Anthony of Padua was a Franciscan preacher, instructor, and Doctor of the Church whose life, while short, had such great impact that he was canonized as a saint only a year after his death by Pope Gregory IX in 1232. He is invoked today as a patron saint of the poor, travelers, and most famously, those looking for lost items. His feast day is June 13th.
You can pray the novena to St. Anthony at any time. Our parish traditionally recites the novena from June 5th to June 13th, and we have prepared a four-page booklet with daily novena prayers for your use at this time:
Novena to St. Anthony of Padua (pdf booklet)
A shorter prayer is here.
Unfailing Prayer to St. Anthony
“Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints”
O Holy St. Anthony gentlest of Saints, your love for God and charity for His creatures, made you worthy, when on earth, to possess miraculous powers. Miracles waited on your word, which you were ever ready to speak for those in trouble or anxiety. Encouraged by this thought, I implore you to obtain for me (request ).
The answer to my prayer may require a miracle. Even so, you are the saint of Miracles. O gentle and loving St. Anthony, whose heart was ever full of human sympathy, whisper my petition into the ears of the sweet Infant Jesus, who loved to be folded in your arms, and the gratitude of my heart will ever be yours. Amen.