St. Francis of Assisi
Born in the Italy of the high Middle Ages, Francis of Assisi became an enigma for his parents, community, and the Church. After being indulged with wealth as a young man, he found much greater joy in dispensing with his material possessions and giving to others. Francis found that life is richer when it is simple, and he loved all of Creation with its many wonders.
His poetry and prayers are filled with appreciation for Brother Sun and Sister Moon and all of the many creatures who share this planet with us. Although St. Francis has been called the most popular but least emulated saint, his presence in our life is always a call to discipleship. As a servant of Christ and of mankind, he commands our attention. Francis of Assisi died on October 4, 1226, after receiving the wounds or stigmata of Christ. His feast day is celebrated annually at St. Francis Church on the first Sunday in October with a special outdoor service featuring a blessing of the animals.