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Hope in Dark Times: the Life of Andrew Franchi, OP


Andrew was born in Pistoia, in 1335, of a noble family.  He entered the Order most probably in 1351, when the Italian peninsula was still under the shadow of the plague and was deeply involved in fratricidal wars, a time when the world around him was apparently falling to pieces.

Andrew proved to be a good religious and an able administrator.  He served as prior in three convents while he was still quite young.  In 1378, he was appointed bishop of Pistoia, and office he filled with distinction and holiness for twenty-three years.

It is written that Andrew devoted himself to the poor, and spent his revenues to relieve their misery and to rebuild the ruined churches.  He had a great personal devotion to Our Blessed Lady, to the Holy Childhood, and to the Three Holy Kings.  As bishop, he lived a life of extreme simplicity, retaining his religious habit, and as much as he could of the rule.  A year before his death, he resigned his office and retired to die at his old convent of Pistoia.

Andrew Franchi died in 1401 and was beatified in 1921.

From St. Dominic’s Family by Sr. Mary Jean Dorcy, O.P.

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