In addition to his reknown for being pious and prayerful, there is a healing spring in the mountains that emerged when Franco prayed for a water supply. He is reported to have rescued a baby in swaddling clothes from a wolf. When he found that he was drawing too much attention (and company) from the locals, he moved into a cave with a mother bear and three cubs, and was left alone.
- c.1275 of natural causes
- “Saint Franco of Assergi“. CatholicSaints.Info. 31 May 2015. Web. 29 May 2016. <>