Feast day: April 2
When did St. Francis of Paola live: in the fifteenth century
Biography of Saint Francis of Paola:
Francis was a native Italian who was educated at the Franciscan friary. At the age of fifteen, he decided to live as a hermit near Paola. Together with two companions, he began a community called the Minim Friars. Later on, they even built a monastery and set a Rule for their followers. Francis of Paola was famous for his miracles. His Order was approved in 1474 from Pope Sixtus IV. When the French King Louis XI was dying, Francis was sent to France to cure him. The king died, but he was so comforted in his last hours, that his son Charles becomes Francis' good friend. Charles build several monasteries for Francis, who spent the rest of his life in Plessis (France).
Patronage: Patron saint of hermits, suffering and sailors and against the black death
Statues and wooden sculptures from Val Gardena representing St. Francis of Paola- portrayal, imagery and emblem: St. Francis of Paola is shown as a franciscan brother wearing a religious gown and holding a cross. There is a skull at his feet.