For it is in the Giving that We receive
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St. Francis is known for his ministry to the poor and underprivileged, his care for nature and animals, and founding the Franciscan order. The son of an affluent cloth merchant, St. Francis of Assisi lived in wealth and ease until God used a meeting with a leper to change his heart.
He was inspired to lead a life of poverty as an itinerant preacher. One of the most venerated figures in Christianity, he was canonized by Pope Gregory IX on 16 July 1228.