St. Francis of Assisi 3×5 Prayerful Mat with easel back and description St. Francis of Assisi 1181-1226 Feast Day: October 4th Patron Saint of animals, ecologists, and merchants and the founder of the Franciscan order. He was born 1181 in Assisi and died there on October 3, 1226. He committed his life to the service of God alone, forsaking his family inheritance and earthly goods. He instructed his friars to preach, heal and do spiritual warfare. He received the stigmata on September 13, 1224 following a vision of a seraph (a great angel) nailed to a cross confirming the saints intimacy with Christ. A wonderful religious gift.