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ANTONIANS

Several religious communities tracing their descent from St. Anthony of Egypt (251-356). Among others are: 1. the original disciples of St. Anthony with whom the present-day Maronites claim continuity; 2. the group founded by Gaston de Dauphine in 1095 and known as the Hospital Brothers of St. Anthony, who survived until the French Revolution; 3. an order in the Armenian Church founded in the seventeenth century; 4. Chaldean and Maronite groups; 5. the Orthodox monastery of Mount Sinai; 6. a congregation established in Flanders in 1615. The Annuario Pontificio gives four religious orders of Antonians of pontifical status.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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