Francis of Assisi

Catholic Friar, Preacher and Saint Francis of Assisi

Full Name: Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone
Profession: Catholic Friar, Preacher and Saint


Biography: Founded the men's Order of Friars Minor, the women’s Order of St. Clare, and the Third Order of Saint Francis for men and women not able to live the lives of itinerant preachers, followed by the early members of the Order of Friars Minor or the monastic lives of the Poor Clares.

Though he was never ordained to the Catholic priesthood, he is one of the most venerated religious figures in history.

Born: September 26, 1181
Birthplace: Assisi, Holy Roman Empire
Star Sign: Libra

Died: October 3, 1226 (aged 45)

Historical Events

  • 1208-02-24 St Francis of Assisi, 26, received his vocation in Portiuncula Italy
  • 1223-12-25 St Francis of Assisi assembles 1st Nativity scene (Greccio, Italy)
  • 1224-09-13 Francis of Assisi is afflicted with stigmata after a vision praying on Mount Verna

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