Francis of AssisiFrancis of As·si·si
(born Giovanni di Bernardone) (1181?-1226); It. friar: founder of the Franciscan Order: his day is Oct. 4
Francis of Assisi
, Saint 1182?–1226.
Italian Roman Catholic friar who founded the Franciscan order (1209) and inspired followers with his devotion, simple living, and love of nature. He was canonized in 1228.