St Stephen's visits to St Francis' 2019

Year 4 and Year 5 children at St Stephen’s, Skipton have enjoyed a pilgrimage to Assisi.

Photo: Mass and tour at San Damiano, Monday 3rd June 2019

27 Year 5 and year 4 pupils took part in the pilgrimage

Find out more on the St. Stephen's school website


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.