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St. Francis, Disability, and Illness, with Donna Trembinski

One of the world’s most well-known and beloved medieval saints is, of course, St. Francis, a man who faced many tribulations in the form of physical illness and disability. This week, Danièle speaks with Donna Trembinski about what we can learn about the person behind the saint by studying how his physical life affected his spiritual life.

Donna Trembinski is Associate Professor at St. Francis Xavier University. She is the author of Illness and Authority: Disability in the Life and Lives of Francis of Assisi, published by the University of Toronto Press. To learn more about Donna’s work, please visit her university webpage or follow her on Twitter @medievalatX

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See also: New book examines Francis of Assisi through the lens of disability studies

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Top Image: The oldest portrait of St. Francis, a mural painting in the sacred grotto “St. Benedict’s Cave” in Subiaco.

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