St. Luigi Orione
Blessed Agnellus of Pisa
March 13d. 1236.
Born to the Italian nobility. Received into the Franciscans by St. Francis of Assisi himself. Deacon. Appointed by Saint Francis to introduce the Franciscans into England in 1224. With eight associates he established houses in Canterbury and London, then a school for friars in Oxford. Friend of King Henry III. Helped prevent civil war between Henry and Earl Marshall. Known for his personal piety and his strict adherence to the Franciscan Rule, especially on the matter of poverty.
Almighty God, You called Blessed Agnellus of Pisa
to become a Franciscan Friar, and to spread the foundation of the Order.
Grant, through his intercession, that the Greyfriars of Britain and Ireland
persevere in the Gospel love, spread Gospel truth, and inspire vocations.
This we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.