Saint Francis Solano
- Also known as
Thaumaturgus of the New World
Wonder Worker of the New World
- 14 July
- Son of Matthew Sanchez Solanus and Anna Ximenes, Andalusian nobles.
Joined the Franciscan Observance at age 20.
Preacher for many years in southern Spain.
Novice master at Arifazza.
Worked with plague victims in Granada in 1583; caught the plague, but recovered.
Missionary to South America with Father Balthazar Navarro in 1589.
After some time in Panama they took ship to travel south.
The ship carried slaves, and Francis worked to evanglize them.
During a strong storm, the ship ran aground.
The captain abandoned the ship and its slave cargo to the rocks, but Francis stayed, baptizing them just before the ship broke apart on the rocks.
Francis kept his little flock together and safe for three days until help arrived.
He spent the rest of his life as a missionary, travelling throughout South America, but especially around Lima, working with the natives and Spanish colonists.
Reputed to have converted 9,000 natives during a single sermon.
Learned many native languages and dialects quickly, and it is said that he preached to tribes of different tongues in one language and was understood by all.
Could play the lute, and was known to play and sing before the altar.
Custos of the Franciscan convents in Tucuman and Paraguay.
Elected guardian of the Franciscan convent in Lima.
Foretold both the destruction of Truxillo by an earthquake, and his own death.
- 10 March 1549 at Montilla, diocese of Cordova, Andalusia, Spain
- 14 July 1610 at Lima, Peru of natural causes
- 20 June 1675 by Pope Clement X
- 27 December 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII
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- Additional Information
Book of Saints, by the Monks of Ramsgate
Catholic Encyclopedia, by Stephen M Donovan
History of the Franciscan Movement
Lives of the Saints, by Father Alban Butler
Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Saints, by Matthew Bunson, Margaret Bunson, and Stephen Bunson
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