Profile Nobility. One of the first 12 followers
of Saint Francis of Assisi, and first priest in the Franciscan Order. Sylvester
once sold Francis stone to rebuild a church. A short while later, he saw Francis
and Bernard of Quintavalle distributing Bernard's wealth to the poor. Sylvester
complained that he had been poorly paid for the stone, and asked for more money.
Francis obliged. But the handful of money soon filled Sylvester with guilt. He
sold his possessions, began a life of penance, and joined Francis' community.
A holy and prayerful man, Sylvester travelled with Francis, and became his advisor.
It was Sylvester and Clare who answered Francis' query with the response that
he should serve God by going out to preach rather than by devoting himself to
prayer. In a city involved in a civil war, Francis ordered Sylvester to drive
the devils out. At the city gate Sylvester cried out: "In the name of almighty
God and by virtue of the command of his servant Francis, depart from here, all
you evil spirits." Peace returned to the city.
buried in the Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi.
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