New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Francis of Paola

detail of a painting of Saint Francis of Paola with King Louis XI; by Nicolas Gosse, 1843; Hall of Bourbon, Museum Anne de Beaujeu; photographed on 1 May 2008 by Sergey Prokopenko; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Confessor, founder of the Order of Minims. He began at an early age to show signs of extraordinary sanctity; at 14 he retired to a cave on the sea-coast and lived there as an anchorite for six years. In 1454 he assembled his followers at the monastery which he built near Paola; they were first known as “Hermits of Saint Francis” but later were called Minims by Pope Alexander VI who gave formal approbation to the order. He founded new monasteries in Calabria and Sicily and established convents of nuns, and an order of laymen. He attended Louis XI in Plessis-les-Tours at his death, and remained in France as counselor to Charles VIII and Louis XII. His body was burned by Calvinists, 1562. Emblem: a scapular. Canonized, 1519. Feast, Roman Calendar, 2 April.

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MLA Citation

  • “Saint Francis of Paola”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 May 2016. Web. 16 August 2017. <>