ST. FRANCIS of ASSISI – Patron of Animals/Catholic Action
While Saint Francis is one of the most widely known and loved saints, he was a bit of a delinquent as a youth. As the son of a clothing merchant he received an excellant education, but did not convert his religious beliefs until he was a prisoner of war. Using the Gospels as rule, he visited hospitals, preached, and served the ill. After establishing a following, he founded the Franciscans. Saint Francis of Assisi was also known to receive the Stigmata throughout the last years of his life.
b. 1181 Umbria, Italy as Francis Bernardone d. 10/4/1226 Portiuncula, Italy
Patronage: Animals, The environment, Merchants, Stowaways, Zoos, Against dying alone
Feast Day: October 4
Memorial Day Oct 4