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St. Francis of America: How a Thirteenth-Century Friar Became America's Most Popular Saint

Patricia Appelbaum

Abstract

How did a thirteenth-century Italian friar become one of the best-loved saints in America? Around the nation today, St. Francis of Assisi is embraced as the patron saint of animals, beneficently presiding over hundreds of Blessing of the Animals services on October 4, St. Francis's Catholic feast day. Not only Catholics, however, but Protestants and other Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, and nonreligious Americans commonly name him as one of their favorite spiritual figures. Drawing on a dazzling array of art, music, drama, film, hymns, and prayers, Patricia Appelbaum explains what happene ... More

Keywords: Francis of Assisi, American Protestants, American culture, cultural history, saints, lived religion, popular religion, material culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781469623740
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469623740.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patricia Appelbaum, author