One short prayer to St. Anthony is as follows: "Saint Anthony, attentive to those who invoke thee, grant us the aid of thy powerful intercession for the grace of holy purity, meekness, humility, obedience, the spirit of poverty, and perfect abandonment to the will of God." An informal prayer seeking St. Anthony's help is, "Tony, Tony, look around; something's lost and must be found."
St. Anthony of Padua is the patron saint of lost articles and is frequently invoked by Catholics searching for missing items. Anthony was born Fernando Martins in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1195. At age 15, he entered the Augustinian Order of Canons Regular. Inspired by the martyrdom of five Franciscan friars in Morocco, he was granted permission to transfer to the Franciscan order, where he took the religious name Anthony. He wished to travel to Morocco, but illness forced him to return to Europe. St. Francis of Assisi was impressed by Anthony's faith and knowledge of scripture and entrusted to him the academic and theological training of any friar who wished to pursue the priesthood. Anthony became especially renowned for his eloquent preaching. He died in 1231 at the age of 35. He was canonized by Pope Gregory IX in 1232. Pope Pius XII proclaimed him a doctor of the church in 1946.