St. Francis (1181– 1226), nicknamed Francesco (“the Frenchman”) by his father, was an Italian friar and preacher. He founded the men’s Order of Friars Minor and the women’s Order of St. Clare. He also founded the Third Order of St. Francis for men and women unable to be itinerant preachers or lead monastic, cloistered lives.
Though he was never an ordained priest, Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures and is often depicted in paintings and statues preaching to birds and animals. He is a popular figure to whom many are devoted, but he is also important in the creation spirituality movement.
Over the course of the day, the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, we will learn about St. Francis' life as well as explore the spiritual journey he taught and embodied through stories, reflections and discussions. This will be less an academic study and more an experience of St. Francis through whom we will explore, and perhaps shape, our own spiritual journeys.
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