Saint Francis (here by Constant Concepts) was born in Assisi near the end of the 12th century. On pilgrimage to Rome he found a connection with the poor and committed himself to a life of poverty. He founded the religious order named for him that continues to this day, following his example of forsaking worldly wealth. Among other things, he is known for his love for nature and is said to have preached to the birds. He also traveled to Egypt to preach the Christian gospel to the Sultan of Egypt.