This course investigates the life and influence of St. Francis with the goal of helping students address five key questions: 1. Who was St. Francis?; 2. What are Franciscan values?; 3. What are the continuities and discontinuities between the Franciscan movement and other aspects of Christianity?; 4. How do the variety of biographical and hagiographical accounts of St. Francis give us insight into the needs and interests of the authors and thus inform us about how our own context might inform our understanding of St. Francis?; 5. How might Franciscan values shape the practice of healthcare? This course may be delivered in a blended or online format.