St. Francis’ intercession is asked today on this Feast of All Franciscan Saints. We celebrate our brothers and sisters of all three orders who are in heaven and making steps in holiness. This statue of St. Francis of Assisi overlooks reflecting pools in Forest Park, St. Louis. Our Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity live near by at Our Lady of Guadalupe Convent. It is not unusual to see live Water lilies, dragonflies and butterflies near the statue at the right season of the year. St. Francis’ arms are positioned as if preaching to the birds that like to perch on and around him. At this time of year St. Francis awaits winter snow flakes to add to creation’s contrasts of beauty.
Sculpted by Carl C. Mose, the bronze statue was commissioned by Alice Martin Turner, widow of Harry Turner. Our Sisters enjoy the remembrance of our patron saint amid the ordinariness of the neighborhood.
We have a discernment day at Our Lady of Guadalupe Convent on tomorrow. May the Lord bless us with humble followers of Jesus! If you feel called to be a Franciscan Sister, call or text Sister Julie Ann at 920-323-9632. We are happy to have a conversation with you and pray with you as you discern God’s will in your life.