Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Franciscans take modern approach to begging for alms

Friar Stefano Tamburo, head of the Franciscan convent in Rome, said the convent launched a $125,000 Kickstarter project to restore a cell.

Associated Press

Friar Stefano Tamburo, head of the Franciscan convent in Rome, said the convent launched a $125,000 Kickstarter project to restore a cell.

Pope Francis' namesake, St. Francis of Assisi, founded his order of mendicant friars in the 13th century after receiving a calling from God to "rebuild my church."

Some 800 years later, St. Francis' followers are rebuilding his church in the ancient tradition of door-to-door begging that St. Francis championed — but with a very modern twist.

With interest in things Franciscan at an all-time high, the friars who run the San Francesco a Ripa church in Rome launched a Kickstarter online fundraising campaign Tuesday to raise $125,000 for the restoration of the tiny cell where St. Francis stayed when he came to Rome to see the pope.

"Like the friars in the past would go asking for a piece of bread, today we are going to ask for a dollar, a euro, so we can make this place as it was in the time of St. Francis," said the Rev. Stefano Tamburo, the 43-year-old guardian of the sanctuary who is spearheading the campaign.

Kickstarter is one of dozens of crowd-funding websites that have sprung up in recent years to let people raise money for specific projects. Since it was founded in 2009, Kickstarter campaigns have included Spike Lee movies, funky restaurants, arts projects and business startups, according to its website.

Throngs of pilgrims have been flocking to the Franciscan sanctuary ever since the first pope named after Francis was elected a year ago. "We've seen a significant increase in pilgrims, but also Romans who maybe didn't know about this place," Tamburo said.

Franciscans take modern approach to begging for alms 03/11/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 9:01pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. St. Petersburg City Council approves $326 million sewage fix

    Blogs

    ST. PETERSBURG — The legal fallout from the city's sewage crisis is just about resolved.

    [LARA CERRI  |  Times]
  2. Pasco commuters watch out: Broken water main restricts State Road 52

    Public Safety

    NEW PORT RICHEY — A water main break has caused a portion of State Road 52 — one of the busiest roads in Pasco County — to buckle on Thursday afternoon, reducing three lanes of westbound traffic to just one.

  3. Man taken into custody after live streaming drive along Clearwater Beach sand

    Public Safety

    CLEARWATER — Clearwater Police took a man into custody Thursday afternoon after, they said, he drove his car over beach chairs and umbrellas along Clearwater Beach and streamed it on Facebook.

    Clearwater Police took a suspect into custody Thursday afternoon after he drove along Clearwater Beach to Caladesi Island, running over beach chairs and umbrellas. [Courtesy of Clearwater Police]
  4. Once trapped and wounded, manatee and calf return to the wild

    Wildlife

    NEW PORT RICHEY — The small crowd readied cameras and craned their necks, peering over heads and through bodies to try and catch a glimpse. Brittany Pharel, 10, wanted to see the hulking manatees, a mother and her calf, laid out on blue tarps Thursday along the edge of the Pithlachascotee River.

    Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo's associate veterinarian Lauren Smith, 33, examines the heart rate of a manatee calf named Cottee just before it was released into the waters of the Pithlachascotee River on Thursday. 
Cottee's mother Pascow was released at the same time in New Port Richey. 
The pair became stranded in May and the mother was found wounded. They needed to be rehabilitated before they could be released into open waters. [ALESSANDRA DA PRA  |   Times]
  5. Gov. candidate Chris King: Climate change is biggest threat to Florida's economy

    Blogs

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris King today made his case for how economic growth and fighting climate change go hand in hand. His rivals for the Democratic nomination, Gwen Graham, …

    Winter Park businessman Chris King and his family