11th March 


Blessed Agnellus of Pisa


C 1195; died 7 May, 1236

Confessor, First Order




General calendar - Feast day March 13th ,Italian Franciscans keep his feast on 7 May. The English Franciscan provinces celebrate his memory on 10 September, Other Franciscans keep his feast on March 11th while the conventuals on March 20th and the Capuchins on the 13th March.

Friar Minor and founder of the English Franciscan Province (Greyfriars) born at Pisa c. 1195, of the noble family of the Agnelli; died at Oxford, 7 May, 1236. In early youth he was received into the Seraphic Order by St. Francis himself, during the latter's sojourn in Pisa, and soon became an accomplished model of religious perfection. Sent by St. Francis to Paris he erected a convent there and became custos. Having returned to Italy, he was present at the so-called Chapter of Mats, and was sent thence by St. Francis to found the Order in England. Agnellus, then in deacon's orders, landed at Dover with nine other friars, 12 September, 1224, having been charitably conveyed from France by the monks of Fecamp. A few weeks afterwards they obtained a house at Oxford and there laid the foundations of the English Province, which became the exemplar for all the provinces of the order. Though not himself a learned man, he established a school for the friars at Oxford, which was destined to play no small part in the development of the university. But his solicitude extended beyond the immediate welfare of his brethren. He sent his friars about to preach the word of God to the faithful, and perform the other offices of the sacred ministry. Agnellus wielded considerable influence in affairs of state and in his efforts to avert civil war between the King and the Earl Marshal, who had leagued with the Welsh, he contracted a fatal illness. Eccleston has left us a brief account of his death. Agnellus's body, incorrupt, was preserved with great veneration at Oxford up to the dissolution of the religious houses in the time of Henry VIII. The cultus of Blessed Agnellus was formally confirmed by Leo XIII in 1882, and his feast is kept in the Order on 7 May, in Italy. The English Franciscan provinces celebrate his memory on 10 September.






Prayer of the Church


Lord Jesus Christ who didst release Thy blessed confessor,

Agnellus, from the snares of  the world and direct him to follow the

way of Thy cross, grant that we may so follow his example that

we may merit the crown of glory which he has received in heaven.

Who liveth ¬†and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Spirit,

 One God, now and forever.  Amen



Prayer: Habig, Marion A., O.F.M., 1959, ed., The Franciscan book of Saints, Franciscan Herald press, Chicago, Illinois

Source: Donovan, S. (1907). Bl. Agnellus of Pisa. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. Accessed, February 12, 2013 from New Advent: <web:newadvent.org/cathen/01212c.htm>


Transcription. This article was transcribed for New Advent by Christopher Schaeffer.

Ecclesiastical approbation. Nihil Obstat. March 1, 1907. Remy Lafort, S.T.D., Censor. Imprimatur. +John Cardinal Farley, Archbishop of New York.


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