Francesco Rocks, Knights of Saint Francis

Francesco Rocks, Knights of Saint Francis


La NUOVA ca****la di San Francesco a Collestrada in Perugia

Saint Francis of Assisi – (The new) Chapel of Saint Francis in Collestrada
There are different locations related to the life of a saint like Francis.
In addition there are locations of which have been lost historical memory:
Actually is on one of these that we would like operating recovery from the mists of time.
Historical context
The event that binds the forgotten place to the life of Francis, occurred in the year 1200
(approximately), when a combative military of Assisi, was sent to avenge the wrongdoings of the
expelled compatriots and refugees under protection of Perugia.
The foot soldiers of Assisi, protected by the cavalry with Francis (John of Bernardone, so called
Francis), blessed by the Bishop, came down from Col Subasio playing the drums, welcoming
military of other towns.
The municipality of Perugia had an interest in protecting the exiles of Assisi, nobles, rich, they had
invested riches in his territory.
With this policy Perugia favored the weakening of Assisi, rebel and hard to submit.
The area to wich they were directed, was that of Collestrada, with the Tevere plain, the Forest of
Farnetto and agricultural activities.
Here were expected by the mercenary armies of Assisi and soldiers of Perugia, that they were
positioned reinforcements just across the river, just to prevent escapes and flows towards Perugia.
In this Plane there were a lot of towers, used as a warehouse or shelter:
Alessandro Piceller restored one of these, an aedicula who remembered the battle.
The artifact
The tower has a rectangular shape.
Is an example of medieval Umbrian construction.
It has been renovated, elevated and moved to where it is now, cause the construction of the road (in
the 1988) .
The interior is empty and it is walled because vandalized.
Goals and targets
The tower and the landscape must be valued in order to stimulate the birth of interest by citizens,
public entities, private enterprises and than anyone else might be envolved positively.
The study of feasibility will have to turn the interior in a chapel, commemorative of the battle of
Collestrada, place of prayer and spirituality, usable by the community.
Tree-lined paths will be realized with benches and historical information.
The Chapel will be inserted in the franciscans paths because in Perugia was great the presence of
We must remember that Francis, after Collestrada, was imprisoned for a year in the center of

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Angela Alioto files for Papers today to run for Mayor of San Francisco at City Hall with Father Louis Vitale, OFM, Franciscan priest, activist, and a co-founder of Nevada Desert Experience, Father Franklin Fong, OFM, Chaplain of the Knights of Saint Francis and Pastor of Saint Boniface Catholic Church and Deacon R. Christoph Sandoval of the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption and Knight of Saint Francis.

The conditions to obtain the Plenary Indulgence of the Forgiveness of Assisi is (for oneself or for a departed soul) as follows:
-- Sacramental Confession to be in God’s grace (during eight days before or after.)
-- Participation in the Holy Mass and Eucharist
-- Recitation of The Apostles Creed, Our Father and a prayer for the Pope’s Intention.

The Porziuncola Indulgence is a grace not to miss not only for yourself but for the many suffering souls in Purgatory.

Find us on Yelp! One of a kind, originals from Assisi, the birthplace of the Saint... In the heart of North Beach, San Francisco's Little Italy.

Featuring Italian frescoes, Italian statues, Italian nativities, hand painted ceramics from Deruta... Religious gifts include rosaries, medals, crosses, prayercards and books. Nice selection of gifts for baptisms, 1st Holy Communion and Confirmation.

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[05/05/20]   Look soon for the reopening of the Knights of Saint Francis' little wonderful store Francesco Rocks!!!

We are so excited to open next to the Porziuncola Nuova in North Beach!!

Stay tuned!!!


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Did you know the floor of our little chapel is possibly the oldest floor in the United States of America! We don't know of any other floor that is as old as that because that floor was originally in the old Roman church in Foligno and had been there for centuries!!

The Pietra Rosa stone is very precious and scarce. When we were building the Porziuncola, we needed lots of it for the floor but the mason told me that it was not going to be easy to get the rock.

I told him that we would keep dirt on the floor until we found the Pietra Rosa....that's when he called me and said you're not going to believe it but there's a little church in the town of Foligno that is tearing up their Pietra Rosa, will you accept that? And I said of course I will, and as a consequence we received enough Pietra Rosa to build the floor of our little chapel in San Francisco. Once again it was divine Providence! The whole story of the stone is in this video.

We have to reopen this beautiful little chapel to the people of San Francisco and from around the world. So please sign and share the link below. Thank you so much!!!

-Angela 07/04/2019

Sign the Petition

Please sign the petition thank you! Open the Porziuncola Nuova chapel in North Beach now.


Knights of Saint Francis

Dear Face Book Friends of the Knights of Saint Francis,

We Need Your Help!!!

Rector John at the National Shrine of Saint Francis CLOSED the little Porziuncola Nuova, the chapel we the Knights have faithfully guarded for ten years. The Chapel that Cardinal Levada and I built in 2008. (Www.knightsofsaitfrancis)

Can you please email [email protected] and [email protected] and ask the Archbishop to OPEN the Porziuncola Nuova.

Or sign the petition at

The Knights are eternally grateful!!!


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[11/29/15]   20 % off all ceramics and icons at Francesco Rocks....for all of December 2015.
Come one Come All!!!!


Soooooo important, Come One Come All!!!The Piazza will be an oasis of a world that so needs it!!!


Beautiful Store, Bravo Ro and the Knights of Saint Francis!!! 09/16/2015

Gala Tickets | Knights of Saint Francis of Assisi

Don't forget to purchase your table for the Concert for the Piazza Gala on October 2nd while tickets are still available. Be there for an amazing night out with your friends listening to Franc d'Ambrosio - the longest running Phantom of the Opera live!


Come visit this little angel at Francesco Rocks. You can even take her home! 08/25/2015

Gala Tickets | Knights of Saint Francis of Assisi

The Knights of Saint Francis GALA TICKETS are now on sale! Event is Friday, October 2nd. Tickets can be purchased at


The Knights of Saint Francis welcome Archbishop Domenico Sorrentino, Bishop of Assisi to San Francisco. Join us for mass followed by reception.


Great meeting at Nibbi Brothers for the Piazza in North Beach. Construction and street closure to happen in September! Please check out our video and become part of the team to help get this done: — at Nibbi Brothers General Contractors.


Knight Evelyn at Francesco Rocks booth on Grant. Not too late to stop by and say hi! And Ro at Francesco Rocks . . .


The North Beach Festival is this weekend! Come by the Francesco Rocks booth on Grant Street for some great merchandise.



The New Piazza Saint Francis The Poets Plaza is very exciting!!!!


Knights of Saint Francis News

Check out the Knights of Saint Francis June Newletter! A big thank you to Knight Tory Hartmann for making it possible. Our dream of creating an Italian piazza in the heart of North Beach is coming to fruition. Work will begin this fall. The first step, however, will not be a glamorous one; the pipes below the surface are from the 1880s and before the pale green and Umbrian white stone can be laid, the pipes must be…

New Merchandise 05/09/2015

Francesco Rocks has just received some beautiful new merchandise from Italy. Come by and check it out! Lots of great Mother's Day gifts too!

Francesco Rocks has just received some beautiful new merchandise from Italy. Come by and check it out! Lots of great Mother's Day gifts too!

[05/09/15]   Great New Inventory!!!Come in and check it out......

Italian Ceramics 02/08/2015

Italian Ceramics


For all your Baptism gift needs, shop Francesco Rocks!


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[12/25/14]   Merry Christmas from Francesco Rocks! And a big thank you to those who shopped with us this holiday season. Your support is appreciated!


It's your last weekend to shop before Christmas! Support the Knights of Saint Francis and go to Francesco Rocks at 1351 Grant Avenue in North Beach for great gift ideas and beautiful Italian imports.

You can also shop online at


Reminder . . .

Shop at Francesco Rocks on Thursday, December 11th from 6-9pm and support Grant Street merchants!


Amazing book...300 years old...on the life of Teresa of Avila....unbelievable!!!!


Shop at Francesco Rocks on Thursday, December 11th from 6-9pm and support Grant Street merchants!


Francesco Rocks, Knights of Saint Francis

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Saint Charles 7th grade....we had a lot if fun!!

[11/15/14]   We had a great day today with the visit of the 7th grade at Saint Charles ...they lived the Porziuncola and Francesco Rocks!!!!!
Will post photo.

[11/09/14]   Francesco Rocks is joining the Grant Avenue Merchants in having an all day and night open house for Christmas on December's going to be a lot of fun...please join us an finish your Christmas Shopping!!!! The Knights if Saint Francis will be there in full force...and we always have a lot if fun!! BE THERE..OR BE...HOW DOES THAT GO?????




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