Our Patron Saint
Saint Francis of Assisi was born Giovanni di Pietro Bernardone in 1182.
Growing up in a well-to-do family, he experienced a conversion, and gave
up all of his belongings to love God and to serve those in need. He founded
the Order of Friars Minor, the women’s Order of Saint Clare and
the Third Order of Saint Francis.
Francis was uniquely devoted to living a simple life, and to honoring God
by honoring all of creation. He believed in the incarnation of God through
Jesus, but also through the ability of each of us to be the face of God
for the other. Saint Francis is understood to be the first to depict a
living Nativity to celebrate Christmas.
There are many powerful stories about the teaching of Saint Francis and
about his commitment to promoting peace and justice for the most vulnerable
and poor. Francis also traveled to Egypt in an attempt to converse with
the Sultan and to bring an end to the Crusades.
At Saint Francis Healthcare, we remember our namesake on October 4th, the
Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi and in the ways that we try to serve
the community with openness to each person and great care for those in need.