The Vale of Spoleto from the hilltop town of Assisi

Thetraveler and writer H.V. Morton wrote of St. Francis, “Of all whom had answered the call of Christ, ‘sell all you have and follow me’ St. Francis was the most literal, the most ardent and the most successful.” Some saw St. Francis as the Church’s environmentally concerned saint, the one who preached to birds and befriended a wolf. He also traveled to Egypt during the crusades in an attempt to halt the fighting by attempting to convert the Sultan of Egypt to Christianity.

Classic Cities: Assisi and Francis - one night only 6.00pm - 8.30pm

In this course we look at the continuing attraction of St. Francis and Assisi itself. The much beloved brother of the natural world. Brother Sun, Sister Water, Mother Earth. He showed us the inter-relationships between all living things. St. Francis is still an uncomfortable presence for many of us in our materialistically orientated life. He continues to challenge us as he did then, by calling us to live simply and in poverty. How many of us would give ourselves over to the same flame of love which had consumed Francis? We also tour Assisi as modern-day pilgrims, enjoying the wonders of the town and countryside.
PFrancis with the birds in the garden of St. Anthony's Guesthouse

Course Information

Classic Cities - Assis and Francis - For One Night Only Course Includes:

  • Comprehensive Course Notes
  • Interactive Discussions.
  • Audio-Visual Presentations.
  • Fun Quiz.
  • Next Scheduled Course: TBA
Course Sessions
  • SESSION 1.
  • The life of Francis Bernadone.
  • San Damiano.
  • SESSION 2.
  • Around Assisi.
  • The Basilica.
  • The Rocca and Eremo (hermitage).
Planned Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
  • 1. Know about Assisi and its attraction to pilgrims and visitors.
  • 2. Understand more about Francis' life and legacy.
  • 3. Enjoy planning your own visit to Assisi.