St Francis of AssisiSt Francis of Assisi chapelSt. Francis was born in 1181 to a wealthy family in Assisi. He lived a life of luxury and gaiety and is described as a charming, born leader. However, he wanted more from life. St. Francis began to preach to people about returning to God. He founded the Order of Friars Minor along with St. Clare and in 1211 the first Franciscan monastery was built. In 1224 St. Francis received the Stigmata. He died at the Porziuncola in 1226.