Francis & the Birds Shrine

Item #3070
Shipping Wt. 4.00 lbs.
Availability: In Stock

For indoor or outdoor use

This rugged shrine is handcrafted of solid cedar wood and will serve you for years. St. Francis's Sermon to the Birds, from the fresco in the Basilica di San Francesco in Assisi, is featured. Keyhole slot on back for indoor or outdoor mounting. Made in USA. Image is 6" x 9", shrine is 10" x 15." Optional 18" stake (item 3075) for outdoor mounting.

Saint Francis of Assisi

St. Francis was born in the Italian city of Assisi in 1181 or 1182 to a wealthy merchant family and baptized Giovanni di Pietro Bernardone. He was renamed Francesco by his father. After a wild and carefree youth, he was taken captive during a war between Assisi and the neighboring city of Perugia; he was imprisoned and ill for a year, and his mind began to turn to religion. Upon his ransom and release, he renounced his family's wealth and privilege, and took the Gospel as his rule of life, dressing in rough clothes, begging for his sustenance, and preaching purity and peace. Francis called for simplicity of life; poverty and humility before God. He began to attract followers, even in the materialistic culture of the day, and with papal blessing, founded the Order of Friars Minor or "little brothers" (Franciscans), based on a simple statement by Jesus: "Leave all and follow me." In 1212 Clare of Assisi became his spiritual student, which led to the founding of the Poor Clares. Francis expanded the order's ministry beyond Assisi, making missionary journeys preaching conversion and forgiveness, which he saw as the means of peacemaking. He traveled to Spain, France, Switzerland, Dalmatia, and even to Syria, the Holy Land, and Egypt during the Fifth Crusade. He tried to be a peace-maker between the Christians and Muslims, going so far as to enter the camp of the Sultan, again preaching conversion of heart and forgiveness. He reached out to and revered all created things, preaching to the animals and birds and fish with compassionate love. St. Francis died in 1226. He is known as the patron saint of animals, the environment and Italy.

Stake for Cedar Shrine

Item #3075
Shipping Wt. 1.00 lbs.
Availability: In Stock


Optional 18" cedar stake for outdoor mounting of items 3070, 3074 and 4018. Made in USA.

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Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Sep 11, 2019  |  By Christine W.
Beautiful little shrine and very well crafted...I almost want to hang it up inside instead of out haha!!! Arrived quickly as well
Christine W.

Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Jul 25, 2017  |  By Jaime L.
High Quality and Beautiful Shrine. It is perfect for any type of garden, or to hang indoors, esp. in an area of the house with plants. I placed it in the front of the house, and it is a reminder that God calls on all of us to be Saints.
Jaime L.

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Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Aug 4, 2016  |  By Robert K.
The St. Francis and the Birds Shrine was well made and will last a long time.
Robert K.

St. Francis outdoor shrine
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon May 3, 2016  |  By Dana
I placed this on the gate leading to my prayer garden; it looks fantastic and is well made to hold up against the elements. Now, if I can just clear out the weeds and actually design and plant the garden...