Saint Francis of Assisi is the founder of the Franciscan orders. While praying at church, Francis heard a voice from the cross telling him to repair the church. He gathered 12 followers and went out preaching to the poor and sick. He acquired the stigmata and is rumored to have been able to communicate with animals and birds. Saint Francis is the patron saint of animals, birds, ecologists, merchants and zoos. The handcrafted St. Francis of Assisi pewter statue by Jeweled Cross is a fine tribute to the well-loved saint.