Francis, of Assisi, Saint, 1182-1226
Wikipedia 31 Oct. 2012: Under Francis of Assisi. "Saint Francis of Assisi (born Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone; 1181 died: October 3, 1226) was an Italian Catholic friar and preacher. He founded the men's Franciscan Order, the womens Order of St. Clare, and the Third Order of Saint Francis for men and women not living monastic lives.Though he was never ordained to the Catholic priesthood, Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history...He is known as the patron saint of animals, the environment, and is one of the two patron saints of Italy. It is customary for Catholic and Anglican churches to hold ceremonies blessing animals on his feast day of October 4."