St. Francis Icon & Cards

From Conception Abbey
ST. FRANCIS
ICON & NOTE CARDS


St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) is the founder of the Franciscan Order and one of the most famous and beloved saints of the Church. He renounced worldly wealth, preaching the importance of simplicity and poverty based on the ideals of the Gospel. He was known for his love of nature and animals, especially birds.

In this contemporary icon by Sr. Mary Charles McGough, OSB., St. Francis reveals the Stigmata while surrounded by the brilliance of the natural world – including beautifully rendered birds and flowers. The back of the note card describes significant elements in the icon along with a short biography.

Icons mounted on solid, natural wood
Small icon is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Large icon is 8 1/4" x 10 5/8"
10 blank cards with envelopes. 4 3/8" x 6"

  • St. Francis Cards (10-pack) (Item #1700)
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  • St. Francis Icon (small) (Item #1699)
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  • St. Francis Icon (large) (Item #1698)
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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.

Conception Abbey: Conception, Missouri

Conception Abbey is a Roman Catholic monastery of the Swiss-American Congregation of the Benedictine Confederation. The monastery was founded by the Swiss Engelberg Abbey in 1873 in northwest Missouri. At present the community is home to over sixty monks who celebrate the Eucharist and Liturgy of the Hours daily and are involved in a variety of ministries and industries. The monks provide pastoral care in parishes, hospitals, religious houses and schools. As administrators and members of the faculty of Conception Seminary College, they provide training to young men considering a priestly vocation. And through the Abbey Guest Center, they welcome guests to the abbey and offer a wide array of retreats, tours and youth programs. The monks tend the abbey grounds, care for farmland and orchards, and run the Printery House, which includes an inventory of more than 1,000 products, including greeting cards, icons, statues and other religious articles.

1908 postcard of Conception Abbey
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Beautiful Icon
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Apr 23, 2019  |  By Laura
This icon is both beautiful and high-quality. The colors are vivid and the slot mount on the back looks durable and stable. It made a perfect Confirmation/first Holy Eucharist gift for my fiance this Easter Vigil!
Laura


Lovely picture
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Aug 8, 2017  |  By Anne
Very lovely and spiritual of Saint Francis. I love having it just inside my doorway. Thank you.
Anne