Title: BIRTH OF THE FRANCISCANS, THE
These fascinating docu-dramas use expert commentary, on-location footage and dramatic vignettes to tell the stories of three disciples of Saint Francis of Assisi. These stories trace the origins of the Franciscan movement. Friar Bernard was the first to join Francis in ministry. Although from a notable family, Bernard was deeply impressed by Francis’s vow of poverty. He decided to follow in Francis’s footsteps, leading a life completely dedicated to sharing the gospel and the contemplation of God. (30 minutes) Friar Leo was a cultured man, a priest, and a skilled calligrapher. He joined the Franciscan order and soon became the saint’s confessor and secretary. From about 1220 up until the time of Francis’s death, Leo was his constant companion. (30 minutes) St. Clare first heard the preaching of Francis when she was 18 years old. Against her family’s wishes, she became a follower of the monk. Clare later founded the Order of the Poor Ladies (commonly known as the Poor Clares), a religious order for women in the Franciscan tradition. Clare was the first woman to write a monastic rule of life. (40 minutes) The three docu-dramas include English audio with optional English and Spanish subtitles. 100 minutes.
Media ID: 62173
Publisher: Vision Video
Grade Levels: EC=Early Childhood; P=Primary; I=Intermediate; JH=Junior High; SH=Senior High; A=Adult