Death: 14th century
Francis was a Franciscan brother in the orderís friary of Oria, Italy. A native of Durazzo (Durres), Albania, he had first entered the Franciscans as a teenager and had taken for his religious name that of the orderís founder. After coming to Italy, Brother Francis spent the rest of his life in Oria, exhibiting a profound spirit of obedience, a childlike simplicity, an eagerness to serve others, and a rigorous fidelity to monastic silence. On one occasion, while Francis was working as a cook in the friaryís kitchen, he heard in the distance a bell in the friary chapel heralding the moment of consecration at a Mass being celebrated there. Francis would have wanted to be in the chapel to adore the consecrated Eucharist, but his kitchen duties required him to stay where he was. Nonetheless, he dropped to his knees, directing his tearful gaze toward the chapel as he beat his breast and raised his mind to God. Instantly, the wall between him and the chapel altar miraculously opened, unveiling to his eyes the priestís elevation of the Sacrament.
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