Yes, it is St Francis of Assisi that was chosen to be front-and-center for this new ministry.
Yes, that St Francis.
There are two great urgencies that are at the heart of what the FSF is about.
The first is to make compassion the foundation for all that we do, for all our interactions with our fellows.
And the second is use to treat the Earth, our common home, with wisdom and that same compassion. And to extend this compassion to all of Earth’s inhabitants, not just to the Human species.
With these two urgent priorities in mind, Saint Francis was a most suitable choice as the icon and a wise, compassionate patron for the Fellowship.
Francis was an unfailingly wise, loving and compassionate figure in his time. His love for animals and for the Earth were noted by his contemporaries and by the leadership of the Church in the 13th Century and are the reasons that he is considered to be a special patron for animals and for the environment.
So it is very fitting to have this well-loved and venerated figure to lead the way, so to speak, for our fledgling Fellowship.
The Fellowship of St Francis is a new and completely independent ministry and is not affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church.