Monday, October 29, 2012

Photo of Saint Francis Solanus Church, in Quincy, Illinois

Saint Francis Solanus Church, in Quincy, Illinois, USA - exterior - low resolution

Saint Francis Solanus Church, in Quincy, Illinois, was founded in 1860 by Franciscan friars from Germany, and is administered by the Order of Friars Minor, Sacred Heart Province. It is located adjacent to the Franciscan Quincy University. The interior is magnificent, but I failed to take photos there during my visit.

The patron of the church, Saint Francisco Sánchez-Solano Jiménez (March 10th 1549 – July 14th 1610) was born in Spain, became a Franciscan, and gained the reputation as a wonderworker among the victims of the plague. Later, he worked in the missions in South America, where he became fluent in many native languages. Being also a musician, he is often depicted with a violin. Francis was canonized by Pope Benedict XIII in 1726.

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