Book of Saints – Saint Francis of Assisi

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October 4

Known as the Seraphic Saint, Francis was born at Assisi, Italy, in 1182. In his youth he loved pleasure and fine clothes, but he renounced his wealth and lived in poverty because he heard our Lord calling him to leave the world and follow Him.

Francis put on the clothes of a poor shepherd and began to preach to the people about peace with God, peace with one’s neighbor, and peace with one’s self. He looked on all people and things as his brothers and sisters because they were all created by the same God.

Francis took twelve young men to Rome with him, and the Pope gave him permission to start a new religious order, the Franciscans. He also helped Saint Clare to start the order known as the Poor Clares.

Francis had a vision in which he saw Jesus hanging on the Cross. The marks of the five wounds of Jesus were left in his hands, his side, and his feet. Francis died on 4 October 1226.

MLA Citation

  • Father Lawrence George Lovasik, S.V.D.. “Saint Francis of Assisi”. Book of Saints. CatholicSaints.Info. 8 January 2019. Web. 19 September 2019. <>