July 5: St. Anthony Maria Zaccaria, Priest
Born in Cremona, Italy, St. Anthony (1502-1539) organized the group called the Clerks Regular of St. Paul, also termed Barnabites, who worked for the reform of customs and for the renewal of the clergy and laity. He was a zealous and untiring preacher who completely wore himself out in his work. He was only thirty-six years old when he died.
Grant, O Lord, that in the spirit of the Apostle Paul we may pursue the surpassing knowledge of Jesus Christ, for having learned it, Saint Anthony Zaccaria constantly preached your saving word in the Church. Through our Lord.