Saint Francis of Assisi was an Italian Catholic friar, deacon, mystic, and preacher. He founded the men's Order of Friars Minor, the women's Order of St. Clare. Probably no one in history has set out as seriously as did Francis to imitate the life of Christ and to carry out so literally Christ’s work in Christ’s own way. This is the key to the character and spirit of St. Francis and helps explain his veneration for the Eucharist. To neglect this point is to present an unbalanced portrait of the Saint, as a lover of nature, a social worker, an itinerant preacher, and a celebrant of poverty. Feast Day October 4th.