About St Francis

Saint Francis of Assisi was born in Italy in 1181. His feast day is celebrated on 4 October. Although he grew up in a wealthy family, Francis was inspired to devote himself to a life of poverty. He was a Catholic friar, and he founded the Franciscans order. He and his followers lived simply, seeking to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and to walk in His footsteps. He saw God reflected in nature and loved animals and birds. In 1223, he arranged the first live Christmas nativity scene. Pope Gregory IX canonized him on 16 July 1228.

Our Trust takes great joy in having been given the name St Francis. The Trust names of St Francis and St Clare were decided upon following an extensive, Diocesan-wide consultation process.

St Francis and St Clare both had a great love for creation and the natural world, showing the work of God and the world in which we all love. Together they founded Orders which cared for their followers, and taught them by word and example. Theirs is a common vision: identification with the poor, care for creation as a sacred trust, embracing each person in relationship as sister or brother.

They are role models of being environmentally aware and compassionate. We take inspiration too in the close ties between St Clare and St Francis in the way we work in partnership with our sister trust, St Clare CMAT. St Clare is known for her simple and ordinary life of prayer and her service of others. When she was 18 years old, Clare heard Francis of Assisi preach. Clare was inspired by his words and asked Francis to help her in dedicating her life to God and care for the poor. She found joy and confidence by seeking to be fully the person God created her to be.

The Trust logo includes the Tau cross associated with St Francis of Assisi, overlaid with the blue symbolising the Rivers Trent, Don and Rother, and The Chesterfield Canal which daily refresh our St Francis footprint within the Diocese of Hallam. The gold for the crucifix reflects our sun, and the light of the world.

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Peace Prayer of St Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace; Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; To be understood, as to understand; To be loved, as to love; For it is in giving that we receive, It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal life.

St Francis Feast Day 4 October

With thanks to the St Joseph’s Rossington Cafod Club.