Francis of Assisi – to this point….

Some folks have asked for an updated page for all the articles on St. Francis of Assisi – so here is what we have “to this point.”

Francis of Assisi – An Introduction
Francis of Assisi – The Young Man
Francis of Assisi – Military Adventures
Francis of Assisi – Period of Crisis: San Damiano
Francis of Assisi – Period of Crisis: Leaving the World
Francis of Assisi – Period of Crisis: Embracing the Leper
Francis of Assisi – “And the Lord gave me brothers…”
Francis of Assisi – The Fraternity Grows and Someone Has to Lead
Francis of Assisi – An Exhortation to the Brothers
Francis of Assisi – The Itinerant Life of the Brothers
Francis of Assisi – The Disposal of Worldly Goods
Francis of Assisi – The Conversion of Clare
Francis of Assisi – A Reputation for Holiness and Miracles
Francis of Assisi – The Problems of New Growth
Francis of Assisi – Francis and Nature: Part I
Francis of Assisi – Francis and Nature: Part II
Francis of Assisi – A Sacramental View of Nature
Francis of Assisi – Francis and The Eucharist
Francis of Assisi – Integrating Into the Church
Francis of Assisi – The Word of God
Francis of Assisi – The First Missions
Francis of Assisi – The Crusades (Part 1)

Francis of Assisi – The First Missions

Francis-missionsAn earlier article had discussed the problems with the rapid growth of members within in the fledgling community friars.  The period from 1213 to 1216 is the most obscure period in Francis’ life and also one of the periods of explosive growth in the movement as the brotherhood spread well beyond Assisi.  How many friars joined the fraternity in those years?  It is impossible to say, but we do know this: in 1217 the annual meeting (called a “chapter”) made the decision to send out missions across the Alps into northern Europe, the Baltic states, and to the Crusader States in the eastern Mediterranean.  Within Italy, six provinces were established; outside of Italy, five provinces were established: Spain, northern and southern France, Germany, and Syria. Continue reading