Reflections by Patti Murphy Dohn on the Church, family, grief, saints, and hope amidst the storms in our lives... May you always find that God is in the clouds! 

Patti Murphy Dohn retired in 2014 after 33 years of service as Campus Minister, retreat director, and Religion teacher at The John Carroll School in Bel Air, Maryland. Committed to making a difference in the lives of our youth and their families, she has served the school community since 1981. Presently, she continues her ministry through bereavement outreach, coordinating the school's alumni prayer chain, while archiving the school's history.  

Patti was awarded the Medal of Honor in Youth and Young Adult Ministry by the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 2012. She served the Archdiocese on the Screening Board for the Office of Vocations under Cardinal Keeler, Cardinal O'Brien, and Archbishop Lori. She is also a past-board member for the Msgr. O'Dwyer Retreat House in Sparks, MD. and Saint Margaret School in Bel Air.

Along with writing for "The Catholic Review," Patti is a member of the Catholic Press Association, as well as the Catholic Writers Guild and the Associated Church Press. She is available for speaking engagements, consulting, and retreat work.

Patti and her husband George split their time between their homes in Bel Air, Maryland and Singer Island, Palm Beach, Florida.


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God is in the clouds

Another tribute to the powerful intercession of Saint Anthony: Patron saint of lost items

Saint Anthony of Padua (1195-1231)

My Facebook memories “On this day” reminded me that it was two years ago when I first called for shared stories about the intercession of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of finding lost and stolen items.

Many Catholics recall the familiar jingle used to call upon his assistance:

"Saint Anthony, Saint Anthony, please come around:
Something is lost and needs to be found!”

When I published my first tribute to his intercession in January of 2014, I had no idea that it would bring about so much interest. I included a number of stories about items found through Saint Anthony’s intercession, as well as the prayer so often used by those who seek his aid, “Unfailing Prayer to Saint Anthony.”

My first tribute has had thousands of readers over the past 24 months. And I have received more than three thousand emails from people all over the world both calling for prayers for items they have lost or had stolen, as well as testimonies and words of thanks for Saint Anthony's intercession for items found. 

The most common requests come from those seeking prayers for things lost, usually of great value, both sentimental and monetary. This includes lost jewelry, purses, laptops, keys, wallets, and passports. 

The stories of items found and credited to Saint Anthony’s intercession have been fascinating. I had received so many stories of gratitude that I published a follow-up on his feast day of June 13

A new testimony to Saint Anthony: A wintery lost and found story:

Just last week I received an email from Stacey Sheets of Stevens Point, Wisconsin with a shout-out to Saint Anthony:

“I have an amazing Saint Anthony story for you!  

I lost my wedding and engagements rings this past Monday. I was pretty sure I had left them at the gym that I belong to. As soon as I realized it, I went back to the gym and searched everywhere for my rings, including the parking lot.  

To explain, I usually take off my rings and put them in my coat pocket there.  
No luck, I couldn't find them.  We live in Wisconsin and that afternoon we were hit by a big snowstorm, about eight inches of snow.  

I looked everywhere, I even went back to the store I had gone to on Sunday thinking maybe I had lost my rings there.  

After a while, I just could not remember when I last had my rings on. So I just started looking everywhere imaginable, even my ice box in the freezer.

I told the ladies at the gym yesterday what had happened, and one of them said to me "Say a prayer to Saint Anthony"  and I said "No, isn't it Saint Jude?"  

I had been praying to Saint Jude, but I decided to google Saint Anthony and I found your website. I started praying to Saint Anthony yesterday evening, into the night and first thing this morning.  

And can you believe what happened?  I got a call at 12:45 today that a Good Samaritan had found my rings buried in the ice outside in the parking lot, even after snow plows went through!!  

I sincerely believe that it was Saint Anthony who made it possible for my rings to be found.  My little boy was with me when I got the phone call that my rings had been found. I have explained to him that miracles do really happen and that there are good people in the world.  

I am so glad that I found your website.  I just can't believe that in less than 24 hours after looking on your website, I am writing you a letter with my rings back on my hand!


Stacey Sheets

(Photo courtesy of Stacey Sheets)


I was so thrilled for Stacey and her family when I read this email. What an amazing story of her rings being found in the ice after that big snowstorm!

I had initially thought that her email was from a young woman with the same name who went to school with my children in the 1980’s at Saint Margaret’s in Bel Air.

Stacey and I emailed back and forth several times. Born and raised in Wisconsin, she is a parishioner at Saint Bronislava Catholic Church in Plover, Wisconsin. She was happy to have her story shared in one of my "God is in the Clouds" follow-ups about the powerful intercession of Saint Anthony.

Stacey told me, “I am still in awe of what happened, I just can't stop smiling!”

I cannot stop smiling either! 

Thanks, Saint Anthony, for coming around.
Something was lost and now it has been found!

God is good… All the time.


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. Encouraged by this thought, I implore you to obtain for me (request). 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.


Do you have any stories about the intercession of Saint Anthony?

Email your stories to me at:

Read more on St. Anthony's intercession: 

January 19, 2016 01:07
By Patti Murphy Dohn

St. Anthony of Padua: More testimonies and prayers to the patron saint of lost items

“Happy the man whose words come from the Holy Spirit and not from himself.”
—Saint Anthony of Padua (1195-1231)
Feast day: June 13

The feast of St. Anthony of Padua, patron saint of Italy, is celebrated each year on June 13.
Anthony is widely regarded for his intercession in the search for lost or stolen items. The popular "St. Anthony of Padua" children's book, published by Catholic Book Publishing Company in 1984, is subtitled, "The world's best loved saint."

According to oral tradition, Anthony, who was a Franciscan friar, had a book of psalms, one of his most treasured belongings, which contained his notes for teaching young novices. This psalter was stolen by a young man who had left the religious community. Story has it that after Anthony's prayed for its recovery, not only was the psalter returned, but the young man also returned and was accepted back by the Order.

After Anthony's death, people began praying to him to find their lost or stolen items:

“The sea obeys and fetters break,
And lifeless limbs thou dost restore,
While treasures lost are found again,
When young or old thine aid implore.”
- From the "Responsory of St. Anthony"

Last year, I wrote about personal stories of those who sought St. Anthony's intercession in their own quest to find lost items. It is one of the two most widely-read blog posts in my three years of writing "God is in the Clouds."

Since it was published 17 months ago, it has not only had thousands of hits from online readers, but it has also elicited dozens of comments and emails from all over the world with requests for prayers, as well as tributes of gratitude to St. Anthony for his successful intercession.

Some stories about St. Anthony's intercession:

Read that blog post here for stories about the finding of:

~the treasured necklace belonging to one of my former's student's beloved deceased sister;

~the camera and memory card with hundreds of photographs of my friend's newborn grandson;

~a bride's purse filled with all the wedding cards (and money gifts) lost before the newly-married couple departed for their honeymoon and not found for four weeks until the bride's grandmother invoked prayers to St. Anthony;

~a daughter-in-law's lost engagement diamond and a friend's lost honeymoon airline tickets by an old friend who prays to St. Anthony all the time, claiming that "once you say the prayer, you have to stop looking for whatever it is you lost. Turn it over to St. Anthony and let him lead you. He always does!"

~and the story of a former student who has called on Anthony's intercession so often that she considered naming her son after the saint.

Praying for St. Anthony's intercession for lost items:

Over the past year and a half, I have received numerous emails with prayers to St. Anthony to intercede in finding lost or stolen items. Some of the most common request are to locate purses, laptops, keys, wallets, passports, and jewelry, especially wedding rings or heirloom family pieces. Some have surprised me by writing about their love being lost or found!!

"I'm not the type to pray for myself because I sometimes feel like others prayers are of greater priority than mine. So I have take to praying for others. Two weeks ago I lost my wedding band and engagement ring. My husband and I dated for 10 years before getting married and to lose them now, when we just celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary, breaks my heart. I have turned my house upside down and inside out looking for them. I have also been praying every night since the day I lost them. I hope that someone out there can say a little prayer for me so that I may find them."
~Denise wrote to me on May 27:
Please pray with her to St. Anthony.

Testimonies and gratitude for St. Anthony's intercession:

"I tore apart my office looking for an case file. I couldn't find it anywhere and this could mean my license to practice law if I lost original documents. I prayed and prayed to St. Anthony as I touched every file in the office...nothing. I finally gave up and thought I'd try again tomorrow and see if I could find a different prayer for St. Anthony. As I sat here about to write a prayer on this website, with my foot I gently pushed a small metal box back into its place on the lower shelf of the computer desk. I noticed that underneath my computer desk a brown file folder was peaking out. I asked could this be it? I gently pulled it out and there was the missing file.So my prayer for petition turned into a prayer of gratitude. THANK YOU SO MUCH ST. ANTHONY! You are so good to me."
~From Rose who emailed on June 2

"Just wanted to let you know that after almost a week of praying to St. Anthony for my son’s missing laptop computer, he found it last week on Thursday at school. It turned out a teacher had found it and put it in his desk for safe keeping. We are so grateful to St. Anthony who always helps us when we need him and we can’t thank him enough!"
~From Anna who wrote to me on June 3

"My son had attended a local Catholic elementary school where I volunteered to watch the children during lunch in the cafeteria. One day, I went to put on my disposable food preparation gloves and noticed the diamond in my engagement ring was missing. I was looking everywhere on the floor, and the school receptionist came over to ask me what I was looking for. I told her, and she and the secretary held hands and prayed.
Afterwards, I went home to look and decided to use my vacuum with a piece of old stocking on the head to see if I may have lost it in my bedroom. As I vacuumed I prayed to St. Anthony. I sat on my bed to look through the dust that accumulated on the stocking.
All of a sudden a feeling came over me; I stopped, got up and walked over to a bath towel that was in front of my bedroom sliding door for my dogs’ wet feet. I turned over one corner of the towel and underneath was my diamond. I felt a prickle up my neck.
I immediately called the school and was told that our principal, Sister Anne, over the loud speaker, had just had all the children say a prayer for the lunch mom who lost her diamond. I know deep in my heart that our prayers were heard and answered."
~From Kathy who wrote on May 26

"I want to thank you Saint Anthony for helping me find my car key. I lost my car key, and after hours of looking for it and calling places that would charge me almost $400 for a new one, I finally thought about how there was a prayer to help you find lost items. And so I found this prayer, and after I prayed over and over again, I then took a nap due to the stress of looking for my key all day. Then when I woke up I found my key on the floor in the middle of my step on the stairs inside my house as if he had placed it there!! I am sooo grateful, I even cried because I was so thankful!"
~From Malerie who emailed on May 25

Do you have any stories about the intercession of Saint Anthony?
Email your stories to me at:

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.
Encouraged by this thought,
I implore you to obtain for me (name your request).
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.

Have you lost anything and want us to pray with you for St. Anthony's intercession?
Email your prayer requests to me at:

June 13, 2015 09:59
By Patti Murphy Dohn

The Blessed Mother is in the window: Praying for fine weather for my daughter's wedding day

My youngest daughter is getting married in eleven days: 

How time flies. It seems like she was just a little girl running around the playground at St. Margaret School... 

But no... In what seems like a blink of an eye, she is now all grown up with a career as a dental hygienist, a house of her own, and a man to whom she will vow to spend the rest of her life next Saturday.

Joy abounds when there's a wedding in the family:

We are so excited for Katie and Karl and their new life together as husband and wife.
The plans and preparations are almost final...

The wedding shower was a huge success:

Delicious cupcakes for dessert and colorful African violets as favors.


And the bachelorette evening was great fun: 

Katie even invited her proud Mom and her Grandma to attend the dinner at Roy's Hawaiian Fusion near the Inner Harbor.

After-dinner fun with the wedding party: Katie with sisters Tracy (left), Meighan, and brother Joseph. 


What's left now?

Just a few more tasks are left on our to-do list:
Finalize the number for the caterers, pick up the wedding gown from being steamed, attend the rehearsal and dinner next Thursday, and order the food for the girls in the wedding party to enjoy the night before the Big Day.

And worry... Worry?
What's there to worry about?

Every mother of the bride can relate to the worry that everything will go perfectly for her little girl-turned-bride.

Some things we can't control, of course... Like the weather.

And tomorrow will be the first day that Katie's wedding date is included in the ten-day weather forecast. 

Our fingers are crossed for good luck:

The statue of the Blessed Mother has been in my bedroom window facing outside for the past two weeks. She was there for the month before the 2011 wedding of my older daughter Meighan too. 

Have you not heard about this old Italian Catholic tradition?
Asking for the Blessed Mother to intercede for us for beautiful weather for our special occasion?

I just recently read about the Irish doing the similar practice of placing the Infant of Prague statue in their windows to hold off the frequent showers in their native land. The BBC wrote about this practice back in 2013 in an article entitled "Religious statue believed to guarantee good weather."

And what about rain on the wedding day? 

Blogger Cissy Romano, wrote one year ago today that "rain on your wedding day can bring so many blessings to you and your significant other. It is raining, once again, on my 7th wedding anniversary. I feel just as blessed today as I did 7 years ago. Our knot is strong because it started off drenched with rain."

Photo: Don't rain on my parade

"Most religions believe that rain is symbolic for a new beginning. I am Roman Catholic. I baptized all three of my munchkins shortly after birth. The Holy Water was used to cleanse my little ones at baptism for their fresh start in the Catholic Faith. Also, if you have ever lived in a place where blooming trees and bushes paint the sides of streets and fronts of houses every spring, you also know how welcome rain is to wash away all of the pollen that is making you and the rest of your house ill from allergies. Rain washes away the impurities and allows for the air you breathe to be fresh.
God bless you rain."

Katie's wedding day will be perfect: 

Whether the sun shines brightly or it rains on April 25, we know that the day will be perfect because of the two wonderful persons who will be united as husband and wife that day. 
Our joy will know no bounds.

But the Blessed Mother will stay in our bedroom window and we will continue to pray for fine weather: 

All powerful and ever living God, we find security in Your forgiveness. 
Give us fine weather we pray,
so that we may rejoice in Your gifts of kindness
and use them always for Your glory and our good. 


Checking out the blossoms at the venue: 
Katie and Karl on a recent visit to the Liriodendron in Bel Air 

April 14, 2015 03:19
By Patti Murphy Dohn