Long revered as the patron saint of animals and nature, St. Francis of Assisi is also the patron saint of ecology. Our wish is for people of any faith or tradition to find inspiration and hope in St. Francis’s model of careful stewardship and respect for the natural world.
This rustic wooden santos depicts St. Francis in a robe adorned with flowers, accompanied by a spotted cat and birds that have perched to hear his preaching. Carved using only hand tools in multigenerational Mayan Quiche workshop in Chichicastenango, Guatemala.
Please note: St. Francis’s arm arrives detached for shipping. Just gently push it back together and adjust as you like. Colors may vary slightly with this handcrafted work of folk art.
I am an animal lover so the idea of having a statue of St. Francis, the Saint who blesses the animals, appealed to me. I was not disappointed. My new St. Francis figure has birds pearching on his arm and shoulder. This St. Francis statue is clothed in a robe decorated with bright folk art style flowers, and it is the right height for display on the floor or a table top. I have placed other folk art styled animal figures around my St. Francis statue, which has created the warm and afirming feeling that I was hoping to achieve.
It’s a beautiful piece. Just what I wanted. It’s got a joyful spirit.
Taking an incredible amount of time, and I’m a patient person.