He was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1195, and as he grew into maturity chose the priesthood with the proviso that he be sent to Morrocco to work among the Saracens. He was caught in a storm and blown across the Mediterranean to the Eastern shores of Sicily. He made his way to Assisi and became a Franciscan friar, and then on to Padua, Italy. He is known especially as the Patron Saint of lost and stolen items, but through the years has been known for many interventions. There is a magnificent cathedral in his honor in Padova, Italy, where hundreds of stories are told through artifacts left at his altar explaining his intercession for different prayers being answered. His feast day is celebrated on June 13.