Patron Saint of Petrinis

Today is the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi. While technically I am Catholic, I’m not at all religious, so I don’t claim that the day has deep theological meaning for me. But it does have genealogical meaning: the Petrini side of my family is from the Assisi area. So I’m calling St. Francis’s feast day an excellent reason for sharing a picture I took in Assisi a few years back. Not that I ever need an excuse to post photos of Italy.

This is quite close to the view from my hotel window in Assisi. Assisi is a Medieval hill town that still looks very much like it did when Francis lived here. The view out over the valley, on the other hand, has changed a bit. The large cathedral you can see in the middle distance was constructed around the tiny, rustic chapel that St. Francis built. As far as we know, my great-grandparents lived near it.

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