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September Book Club Selection: The Life of St. Francis

Updated: Sep 11, 2020

This month, St. Paul's Classic Catholic Fiction Book Club will be reading The Life of St. Francis by Bonaventure, with a forward by Donna Tartt.

"Francis, go and build up My house, which thou seest, is falling into ruin." To fulfill this command of Our Lord, St Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) began by restoring physical churches and continued by building up the spiritual Church in souls. Francis' humility, purity, and true joy inspired many to conversion and a deeper faith.

Never ordained a priest, St. Francis was a preacher and a miracle-worker of the first order - curing, prophesying, casting out devils, turning water into wine, and raising people from the dead.

Bonaventure (1221–1274), an Italian theologian and monk, is widely considered the greatest Franciscan mystic after St. Francis himself. Commissioned by the Franciscan Order, Bonaventure wrote this official biography of St. Francis of Assisi in 1260 –– his riveting account is simple yet inspiring, and essential reading for those looking to understand the remarkable life and spirituality of this revered saint.

Our September book club meeting will take place at 6:30 PM on September 28th via Zoom. To RSVP, please email

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