Francis of Assisi

I became interested in Francis of Assisi many years ago when my church youth group visited the National Cathedral and the Franciscan Monastery in Washington, DC.

Several years later, after having my wisdom teeth pulled, I was spending a Christmas Eve curled up on the sofa with an infection.  I was thoroughly distracted from the pain while watching the film, Francis of Assisi, starring Bradford Dillman.

Why do I like St. Francis?  There are two reasons.  First, I suppose it is because he tried to live his life as Jesus did.  Perhaps that takes a touch of madness that most of us lack.  But in any case, I admire him for his willingness to give up his comfortable life and live according to his convictions.

Secondly, he prayed for peace (I am, after all, a throwback to the '60s) and cared about all of God's creatures. 

As I locate more sites and images, I hope you will visit again to find out more about St. Francis.

Life and Writings

Francis of Assisi, Friar  (4 Oct 1226)
Herald of the Great King: Francis of Assisi
Canticle of Brother Sun
The Little Flowers

Sermon to the Birds
Catholic Online St. Francis of Assisi Page
Patron Saints Index: Francis of Assisi
St. Francis of Assisi, Lover of All Creation
Saint Francis
Saint Francis of Assisi
St Francis of Assisi

Ed's Franciscan Notes (with lots of links)

The Prayer for Peace

The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
Recipe for miracles

About the Franciscan Cross

An Explanation of the Tau Symbol 
The “Tau” Cross
Franciscans Caring for the Sick

Franciscan Cards
Franciscans Caring for the Sick (see image to the left)
Saint Francis of Assisi
St. Francis of Assisi and Announcing Angel (panels of a polyptych)
St. Francis of Assisi - A prayer accompanied by a beautiful image of St. Francis
St. Francis of Assisi (WildFlower Creations)

Films about St. Francis

Francis of Assisi, 1961
Brother Sun, Sister Moon, 1973
Francesco, 1989

Franciscan Communities

Capuchin Franciscan Friars of Australia
The Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi

The Franciscan Friars of California
Franciscan Order of the Divine Compassion
Franciscan Monastery, Washington, DC.
Franciscan Web Page
The FRANCIS-L Community
Friars Minor Conventual
National Fraternity (NAFRA) of the Secular Franciscan Order - USA
Order of Friars Minor (OFM)
The Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order
The Society of St. Francis
Third Order of the Society of Saint Francis

Photos: The stained glass illustration is from a window decal I picked up a few years ago.  "Franciscans Caring for the Sick" is in the lobby of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, NJ.  The sculpture is in the church yard at Grace Church in Haddonfield

Clip Art: The Tau Cross is from Franciscan Web Clipart.

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Updated June 6, 2007