Saint Francis of Assisi
About Saint Francis of Assisi
Saint Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) was born into a wealthy family in Assisi, Italy, the son of a cloth merchant. Francis obtained little formal education and his childhood was based solely on enjoyable. As a young man, he was well-known, charming, enjoyed practical jokes and became recognized to be the life from the celebration. Since of his wealth, he generally picked up the tab and thus attracted a following of enjoyable loving, rowdy young men and promiscuous girls. When armed conflict broke out between the males of Assisi and a neighboring city in 1202, Francis eagerly volunteered for the cavalry. However, he was captured following the very first battle and spent a year in captivity. Francis returned to Assisi hailed as a hero, but unknown to his pals mainly because he had undergone a momentous transformation in his outlook in the course of his captivity. Even though he was once again the lifestyle of the party, he was now questioning his reason for existence. Soon after much contemplation, which include vivid dreams and mystic visions, he turned away from the pursuit of all worldly pleasures, sold all his property, and donated his money to the Church.
Francis started a lifelong passion of caring for society’s castoffs, sick, and poor. His father’s reaction to his son’s new lifestyle was anger and he therefore disinherited him, forcing Francis to live in utter poverty. But his humbleness, extraordinary kindness, and appreciate for humanity attracted the attention of other youthful guys who also chose to give up worldly pleasures and follow him to spread the gospel and serve the poor. Eventually, because the brotherhood grew, its members preached throughout other parts of Europe such as France, Germany, Spain and England. A separate order for girls was formed, acknowledged as the Franciscan Nuns or Poor Clares.
Francis had great love for animals, and also a unique fondness for birds. He liked to refer to animals as his brothers and sisters. Legend has it that wild animals had no fear of Francis and even came to him seeking refuge from harm. In 1224, Francis went up onto a mountain and started a 40-day fast. Through that time he is said to have had a miraculous vision and received a stigmata, or the marks of the nails and spear exactly as they appeared on the body of Jesus throughout his crucifixion. After his death in 1226, Francis was declared a saint by Pope Gregory IX. For centuries right after his death, his Franciscan order has experienced continuous growth and is still active today caring for the poor, educating, and continuing Francis’ existence of good deeds.
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Contact Person: Ms. Emelda Vargas
Tel. No.: +63(082) 224-1147
- GKK Certificate (for local parishioners)
- Parish Permit (for non-parishioners)
- Pre-Cana Seminar Every 4th Saturday & Sunday of the Month
- Marriage Banns for three(3) consecutive Sundays
- Canonical Interview is every Wednesday Morning 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m
- Baptismal and GKK Certificate are pre-requisite for the interview.
- Parish Permit may follow, provided it is submitted before the date of the wedding.
- Booking of the wedding date follows after the interview.
- Individual Wedding – Tuesday to Saturday @ 10:30 a.m.,2:00 p.m. & 3:30 p.m/li>
- Community Wedding – Every 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month at 6:00 a.m.
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