As we extend a heartfelt welcome to all our visitors, we invite you to take something home with you. We have several beautiful items for sale in the lobby of St. Francis House which you might want to give as a gift or keep for yourself.
In 1957, Viennese sculptor Betti Richard was commissioned to design a bronze statue of St. Francis of Assisi for the entrance courtyard on 32nd Street. The life-size figure shows St. Francis kneeling in prayer before the large stone crucifx over the doors. Through the years, the hands, knee and heel of St. Francis have been worn to a bright shiny finish from being touched by countless passersby. The rest of the statue, however, has taken on a warm dark bronze patina.
Reproductions of the St. Francis statue (7.75 inches high) are $55.00.
We have a beautiful, full-color guide book with dozens of photos of the stained glass windows, mosaics, statues and shrines of the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, along with a brief history of the church and archival photos. Want to know who all those figures are in the Great Mosaic? They’re all identified in our guidebook which is available for just $5.00.