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St. Francis and the Stigmata

Why is the stigmata something on which we focus now? As we celebrate the 800th anniversary of many seminal moments in St. Francis’s life, including the first creche in 2023 and the Canticle of the Creatures in 2025, the stigmata is front and center in 2024. Reportedly, St. Francis was the first person to receive the stigmata, although Father Jim says there is one report that St. Patrick had it before Francis. However, St. Francis had a reasonably well-documented occurrence and is considered the first person to manifest the stigmata. “In 1224,” according to Father Jim, “he received the stigmata and suffered with it for two years until his death, but it didn’t lead to his death.” Depending on the narrative you read, Elias of Cortona, eventual Vicar General of the Order and second in leadership to St Francis who later became the second Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor, was the one who saw the stigmata on Francis’ body after he died, as specified in the writing of Thomas of Celano. However, in St. Bonaventure’s writing, Brother Leo and Bernard of Quintavalle reportedly witnessed that he had it during his life. 

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Volunteer Spotlight: Liliana Palermo

As someone baptized at St. Francis who attended Faith Formation at the parish, Liliana knows the value of the faith formation program. “I learned a lot from the people there every week. Working with kids now, I am amazed at how much they grow and change in a short time; seeing how they break out in the short time we are with them is a lot of fun. I feel I have a special place at St. Francis because of all my relationships there.”

She believes our parish portrays the Catholic faith well to people because it is a very welcoming place. “I grew up here and always felt at home here, and there is such a strong community here, even though it’s so large. There’s a strong sense of community, acceptance, and love at St. Francis.” When asked how others can get involved, she uses her example: “There are so many different opportunities at St. Francis that everyone can find something they would enjoy doing.” “Find something you like,” she counsels, “and do it with people you enjoy being around. Service plays a big role in the community, so volunteer as much as possible and go for it!” 

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