Above: Map of South America, 1606
SAINT FRANCIS SOLANO (1549-1610)
“The Apostle of America”
St. Francis Soano (1549-1610) was born to a noble Spanish family. He joined the Observant (very strict) Franciscans at Montilla, Spain, his hometown, in 1569. Ordained in 1576, the saint became master of novices at Arifazza Abbey. He was also famous for his preaching and evangelism. The saint, by his own request, went to Peru as a missionary in 1589. He spent the rest of his life in New Spain, evangelizing in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Peru, and working for the welfare of colonists and natives alike. He died at Lima, Peru.
Pope Benedict XIII canonized the saint in 1726.
St. Francis Solano chose a life of service to God, for the benefit of others. He even traveled to the other side of the world–to a new frontier–for this purpose. He was faithful to God’s call on his life. What is God’s call on your life, O reader? May you live faithfully into it.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
JUNE 13, 2012 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF SAINT ANTHONY OF PADUA ROMAN CATHOLIC MONK
THE FEAST OF GILBERT KEITH (G. K.) CHESTERTON, AUTHOR
God of grace and glory, we praise you for your servant Saint Francis Solano,
who made the good news known in South America.
Raise up, we pray, in every country, heralds of the gospel,
so that the world may know your lofe,
and be drawn to worship you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.
—Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), page 59