Saint Francis of Assisi was born Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone (1181 – 1226). Italian Catholic preacher, he founded the men's Franciscan Order, the women’s Order of St. Clare and the lay Third Order of Saint Francis.
He once was on a road where birds filled the trees on either side. They surrounded him, intrigued by the power of his voice, and not one of them flew away.
« Imagine Saint Francis with a dove perched on his shoulder. Could you see him kneeling with the animals as he shares his supper? Saint Francis as a Bird Feeder makes perfect sense if you know about his miracles. I like to imagine Saint Francis with the animals, a squirrel on his shoulder, a fawn standing beside him and flocks of birds perched on his outstretched arms. There are several stories about Saint Francis and his love for birds.» St. Francis and the birds
Andy & Cindy Serpa
« He especially loved the birds. In one of his most famous stories, Saint Francis gave a sermon for the birds.»
Preparatory drawing for St. Francis of Assisi
Saint François d'Assise prêchant aux oiseaux - Philip Rostek