Giovanni di Pletro di Bernardone

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Giovanni di Pletro di Bernardone was born in the Holy Roman Empire back in 1181 or 1182, the time frame is really not known to Pietro and Pica. He parents were wealthy and he lived the high-spirited life typical of a wealthy young man.  In 1202, he joined a military expedition, where he was taken as a prisoner at Collestrada.

When he was released he made a pilgrimage to Rome, where he joined the poor in begging at St. Peter’s Basilica.  In his travels, he had a mystical vision of Jesus Christ in the chapel of San Damiano.  In 1208, he devoted himself to a life of poverty.  In 1209, he composed a simple rule, “To follow the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ and to walk in his footsteps”.   While there is much more to write about, he died in 1226, he was just 44.

What you may not know about Giovanni, is that 99.99% of you have heard his name.  For his teachings, he was Canonized just two years after his death.  So, have you figured it out by now, if not I’m writing about the Founder of the Franciscan Order Saint Francis of Assisi.

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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

HI James.. Giovanni's name is like poetry in and of itself. Had not clue he was St Francis of Assisi... who hasn't heard of St Francis?

Mar 24, 2020 04:49 AM #4
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray ,

I've missed your history lessons each day. Thank you for the information on Giovanni'..I would have never known.

Mar 24, 2020 04:52 AM #5
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I love this information James Dray . Thank you for sharing it today.

Mar 24, 2020 05:19 AM #6
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

We sure get fooled with the name change for such wonderful Saints.

Mar 24, 2020 05:23 AM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Nope, I didn't figure it out, so thank you for the information.

Mar 24, 2020 05:35 AM #8
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - history teaches many lessons.  Sometimes multiple times.  One of those times, they might be remembered.

Mar 24, 2020 05:38 AM #9
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Must say I had no clue but now I do. Keep these posts coming. Enjoy your day!

Mar 24, 2020 05:53 AM #10
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Always interesting to see the influences upon people, should add some reading about Saint Francis to my list.

Mar 24, 2020 06:58 AM #11
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

This is a wonderful story and I enjoyed hearing about someone whose words I have always treasured and enjoyed learning from.

Mar 24, 2020 07:36 AM #12
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Now that is a man who had a big impact on our lives....and he died at just 44 :(

Mar 24, 2020 07:46 AM #13
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Now I know the rest of the story...

Happy Tuesday morning my friend James Dray 

Mar 24, 2020 08:14 AM #14
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


When were driving through Perugia, we were going to stop in Assissi.  We did not stop and went on further to our next was fortunate as we missed the earthquake near there.  A

Mar 24, 2020 09:56 AM #15
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James - I am sure our friend Bob Crane would know about Giovanni di Pletro di  Bernardone.

Mar 24, 2020 10:29 AM #16
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- while I'm familiar with who he is, I did not know of his background. Very interesting and I think I want to read more about him. 

Mar 24, 2020 10:42 AM #17
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Such an unselfish man who has been a role model to so many people. I appreciate you telling his story James.

Mar 24, 2020 03:13 PM #18
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks for the mention Grant Schneider , being a Third Order Franciscan, I do know Francis very well.

Mar 24, 2020 03:35 PM #19
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

And thanks for sharing this James, a good story on St Francis, I always enjoy reading and telling these.


Mar 24, 2020 03:37 PM #20
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James my Catholic upbringing should have thought me this... but what can I say, glad you did teach me, Endre

Mar 24, 2020 10:42 PM #21
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Not being a religious person I can still recognize people like him that did great things.

Mar 25, 2020 07:09 AM #22
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

From Giovanni di Pletro di Bernardone to St. Francis of Assisi was quite a transition for a well-borne, wealthy individual.

May 01, 2020 10:08 AM #23
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