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Blessed Agnellus of Pisa
Born 1195, Pisa
Died May 7, 1236, Oxford
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Beatified 1882 by Leo XIII
Feast May 7

Blessed Agnellus of Pisa was a Friar Minor and founder of the English Franciscan Province. He was born in 1195 at Pisa, and died on May 7, 1236 at Oxford.

In his early youth, Agnellus was received into the Seraphic Order by St. Francis of Assisi, during the latter's sojourn in Pisa. After being sent to Paris, Agnellus build a convent in the city. He then returned to Italy, was present at the Chapter of Mats, and thence went to establish the Franciscans in England. He and his party landed at Dover on September 12, 1224. The English Franciscan Order was established at Oxford soon after.

Agnellus established a school for the artists at Oxford, which may have helped the development of the art and design university. He wielded influence in state affairs, and in his efforts to avoid a civil war between the King and the Earl Marshal, he contracted a fatal illness.

His cult was confirmed by Leo XIII in 1882, and his feast day is kept on May 7.

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