+ “The Hour of St. Francis” is a radio program that began in December of 1946 and continued through the 1950s. The program was distributed through syndication. A radio station would receive transcription discs of episodes. Each fifteen minute episode presented a dramatic story — often a “modern day parable” which looked at a moral issue or a particular virtue. “The Hour, sponsored by the Third Order of St. Francis, is founded on the belief that sound Catholic teaching and religious inspiration can be combined with entertainment.” (The Sign, December 1949, p. 31) It was the project of Fr. Hugh Noonan, O.F.M., of St. Joseph’s Church in Los Angeles. He wanted stories that tackled practical problems of modern men and women. According to the article in The Sign, the programs were financed on a budget of $22,000 a year, which was a rather small budget for a radio show. A “series” of shows meant 39 or 40, and each year a new “series” was produced. “[The money] is raised through a tax of less than fifty cents a year per member of the Third Order Fraternities, supplemented by contributions of the Franciscans of the First Order and the Franciscan Missionary Union.” (ibid.) The article also mentions the positive impact the show has had on people. “Letters from listeners tell the story of its value. An alcoholic is lifted from the brink of despair; a Catholic vows never to miss Mass again in his life; a young man bedridden and without religious contacts finds his way into the Church.” St. Francis of Assisi (Italian: San Francesco d'Assisi, born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, but nicknamed Francesco ("the Frenchman") by his father, 1181/1182 – October 3, 1226) was an Italian Catholic friar and preacher. He founded the men's Order of Friars Minor, the women’s Order of St. Clare, and the Third Order of Saint Francis for men and women not able to live the lives of itinerant preachers followed by the early members of the Order of Friars Minor or the monastic lives of the Poor Clares. Though he was never ordained to the Catholic priesthood, Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history. Francis' father was Pietro di Bernardone, a prosperous silk merchant. Francis lived the high-spirited life typical of a wealthy young man, even fighting as a soldier for Assisi. While going off to war in 1204, Francis had a vision that directed him back to Assisi, where he lost his taste for his worldly life. On a pilgrimage to Rome, he joined the poor in begging at St. Peter's Basilica. The experience moved him to live in poverty. Francis returned home, began preaching on the streets, and soon amassed a following. His Order was authorized by Pope Innocent III in 1210. He then founded the Order of Poor Clares, which became an enclosed religious order for women, as well as the Order of Brothers and Sisters of Penance (commonly called the Third Order). In 1219, he went to Egypt in an attempt to convert the Sultan to put an end to the conflict of the Crusades. By this point, the Franciscan Order had grown to such an extent that its primitive organizational structure was no longer sufficient. He returned to Italy to organize the Order. Once his community was authorized by the Pope, he withdrew increasingly from external affairs. In 1223, Francis arranged for the first Christmas manger scene. In 1224, he received the stigmata, making him the first recorded person to bear the wounds of Christ's Passion. He died during the evening hours of October 3, 1226, while listening to a reading he had requested of Psalm 140. On July 16, 1228, he was pronounced a saint by Pope Gregory IX. He is known as the patron saint of animals, the environment, and is one of the two patron saints of Italy (with Catherine of Siena). It is customary for Catholic and Anglican churches to hold ceremonies blessing animals on his feast day of October 4. He is also known for his love of the Eucharist, his sorrow during the Stations of the Cross, and for the creation of the Christmas creche or Nativity Scene.
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Please enjoy these 12 old time radio episodes:
|N/A||greater love than this||
+ Third Order Of St. Francis syndication. "Greater Love Than This". Father Herman Felthalter, statio...
|N/A||patience has a story||
+ Third Order Of St. Francis syndication. "Patience Has A Story". After hearing a sermon on patience...
+ Program #1. The Third Order Of St. Francis syndication. "Night Call". Fifth series. The son of a ...
|01.20.1951||ill be waiting||
+ Program #2. The Third Order Of St. Francis syndication. "I'll Be Waiting For You". Fifth series. ...
|05.13.1951||how could this happen||
+ Third Order Of St. Francis syndication. "How Could This Happen?". A surprising subject for 1951 ra...
+ Third Order Of St. Francis syndication. "Fifty Days". The story of Simon Peter, after denying Chri...
|06.10.1951||is there any difference||
+ Third Order Of St. Francis syndication. "Is There Any Difference?". The son of a colored washerwom...
|06.17.1951||welcome home soldier||
+ Third Order Of St. Francis syndication. "Welcome Home, Soldier". Jack Webb reads a letter to a wou...
+ Third Order Of St. Francis syndication. "Evening Star". A scientist discovers "the secret which li...
|05.03.1952||baa baa black sheep||
+ Third Order Of St. Francis syndication. "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep". A naval ensign who can't speak me...
|N/A||the johnny miller story|
|N/A||the pearl of great price|