St Stephen's visits to St Francis' 2018

Year 5 children at St Stephen’s, Skipton have enjoyed a pilgrimage to Assisi. 

The children visited many wonderful sites including San Damiano, Santa Maria Di Angelo and the Basilica San Francesco and the Adventure Park.

Find out more on the 'Five go to Assisi' blog on the St. Stephen's school website

St Francis of Assisi

St Francis (1181 or 1182 – 1226), founder of the Franciscan order of the Catholic Church, lived during the late 12th and 13th centuries in Italy. He is remembered for his generosity to the poor and his willingness to minister to the lepers. However, what many people recall about him is his love for animals and nature. St Francis died at Portiuncula, Italy in 1226.

Pope Gregory IX pronounced St Francis a saint in 1228. The pope also laid the foundation stone for the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi. The church is a UNESCO world heritage site.