Grow closer to God through a Franciscan Lent


When it comes to St. Francis of Assisi, most people think of the annual blessing of animals or caring for wildlife and nature. But did you know this 13th century friar dedicated much of his life to the Lenten themes of prayer, fasting and almsgiving?

A time of conversion:

This Lent, we invite you to mark the season in the spirit of St. Francis. This is a time within our Church we dedicate to conversion; that is, to turn our hearts toward God and away from the temporary things of this world. St. Francis was constantly practicing conversion. For example:

  • He was born the son of a wealthy merchant but as an adult he declared poverty to be essential for members of his order and himself.
  • As a young man he was a soldier for Assisi but eventually became the namesake of the Prayer of St. Francis ("Lord, make me an instrument of your peace").
  • He was once repulsed by lepers but through conversion became a caretaker of many.
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