Saint Francis of Paola
Celebrated: on April 2.
The name originates from Latin and refers to ‘Franks, Frankish’.
Even as a child, Francis chose to live according to the principles of the pure Gospel, just as his role model, Saint Francis of Assisi, had lived. In contrast to the Renaissance splendor, he resisted the allure of cardinal’s robes and withdrew into solitude. After a few years, other men joined him, who later became known as the Hermits of Saint Francis. They established the first monastery and church in the town of Cosenza, marking the beginning of the Order of Minims. Their fundamental teaching was simplicity and a lifelong abstinence from consuming meat and all animal products. Legend has it that Francis entered a burning oven twice to repair it, and the flames, although fierce, did not harm him. Francis lived a long life and passed away at the age of 91 while reading the Passion on Good Friday, April 2, 1507, in France.
Patron of: Sailors, marines, officers, Spain and Calabria.
Variations of the name: Francis, Fran, Frank, Frankie, Franny, Francy, Franciscus.