art of Saint Francis of Assisi

St. Francis of Assisi: Preacher, Poet

The spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi is not so much about the heroic deed as it is about the heroic love with which even the smallest deed is done. That is very clear from the quintessential story of Perfect ...
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Relief on stone of a dove with a twig, the Christian symbol of the Holy Spirit, as well as symbolic rebirth and traditional secular symbol for peace.

The Peaceful Spirit of St. Francis

In his writings and in the early biographies of St. Francis, he emerges as a person formed and informed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
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San Damiano Cross

The Challenge of the San Damiano Cross

At San Damiano, the Crucified Christ challenged Saint Francis to “go rebuild My house.” That task meant Francis had to transform himself first. 
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Franciscan Coat of Arms

The Franciscan Coat of Arms

If you go to any of our Franciscan friaries, churches, or convents, you will almost always find the Franciscan Coat of Arms hanging on a wall or visible over a doorway. This holds true around the world as well as ...
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A Mission Reborn: Our Lady of the Angels

A team of Franciscans transformed a former parish and school in one of Chicago’s poorest neighborhoods into a thriving mission that has become a blessing to those it serves.
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The Legacy of the Franciscans

There have been several Franciscan popes in history, most recently Pope Clement XIV (1769–1774).
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