Studied at the Dominican convent of Santa Maria Novella in Pistoia, Italy as a boy, and joined the Dominicans there at age 14. Great preacher and evangelist. Prior of the Dominican houses in Pistoia, Lucca and Orvieto in Italy. Bishop of Pistoia, Italy in 1382; his ministry to the poor and sick led to his title of Father of the Poor. Miracle worker, including ending an epidemic of the Black Death. After 18 years of service, ill health forced him to retire from his see and return to life as a prayerful monk at the monastery in Pistoia.
- 26 May 1401 in Pistoia, Italy of natural causes
- buried in the church of San Domenico in Pistoia
- body found incorrupt when his tomb was opened in 1613
- “Blessed Andrea Franchi“. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 May 2016. Web. 24 February 2017. <>