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|9 - Saint Francis of Assisi|
depicted here is St. Francis receiving the Stigmata, which occurred in
September of 1224. This window is located
in the St. Francis Chapel in the South West corner of the church.
As you can see the lower panel is missing. The lower parts of the
Windows are able to be opened and closed for ventilation, and 84 years
of opening and closing causes some of the glass to break and fall
out. At the time this picture was shot, the window was removed for
St. Francis - Italian mystic and preacher, who founded the
Franciscans. Born in Assisi, Italy, he appears to have received little formal
education, even though his father was a wealthy merchant. As a
young man, Francis led a worldly, carefree life. He performed
charities among the lepers and began working on the restoration
of dilapidated churches. Francis's change of character and his
expenditures for charity angered his father, who legally
disinherited him. Francis then discarded his rich garments for a
bishop's cloak and devoted the next three years to the care of
outcasts and lepers in the woods of Mount Subasio.
St. Francis's Feast Day is October 4.
|This window was donated
The Third order of Saint Francis