LIFE OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Saint Francis is the founder of the Franciscan Order.He was born at Assisi, in Italy, in 1181 or 1182 and died in 1226. As a youth, Francis was extravagant and popular.He lived for the day, seeking out the pleasures which his father’s wealth could afford.At the age of twenty, because of civil strife, Francis entered the military.Before he reached the front, Francis fell ill and in his delirium heard a heavenly voice telling him to “serve the master rather than man”.Francis returned home and dedicated his time to prayer and visiting the sick.His loss of worldly ambition so annoyed his father that he disinherited Francis, who adopted the brown hemp garment of a labourer as a symbol of his life, poverty and commitment to Christ and to the poor.Francis was nicknamed “Il Poverello”, the poor man.
On his deathbed Saint Francis challenged his followers with these words, “Let us begin — for up to now we have done nothing”. This is our invitation to you —to begin the fulfillment of your potential as a student and as a young person here at Saint Francis High School.