Saint Juniper

detail of the painting 'Brother Juniper and the Beggar' by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, c.1645; Louvre Museum, Paris, France; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsMemorial


Franciscan friar, received into the order by Francis himself. Established Franciscan missions in several locations. Arriving in Rome after a long journey, Juniper encountered people who had heard of his sanctity, and had come to see him. Alarmed at this reception, Juniper escaped to a nearby see-saw where he played with the children till the sight-seers decided that he was an idiot and left disgusted; he then continued to the convent. Once he cared for a sick man who craved a meal of pig‘s feet. Juniper captured a pig in a nearby field, cut off a foot, and cooked it for the sick man. When pig‘s owner found this, he angrily went to Juniper’s superior. Juniper apologized so profusely, he talked the farmer into donating the pig.


Additional Information


Would to God, my brothers, I had a whole forest of such Junipers. Saint Francis of Assisi

A perfect friar would have “the patience of Brother Juniper, who attained the state of perfect patience because he kept the truth of his low estate constantly in mind, whose supreme desire was to follow Christ on the way of the cross….” Saint Francis of Assisi

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Juniper“. CatholicSaints.Info. 24 October 2018. Web. 18 January 2019. <>