St. Francis on Kickstarter

A group of monks is using Kickstarter to raise money for the restoration of a cell where St. Francis stayed four times from 1209 and 1223, when he traveled to Rome to get recognition for his new order from Pope Innocent III.

The location is the church of San Francesco a Ripa in the Trastevere district, and although it’s more famous for its Bernini sculpture, the monks know that the real treasure is the cell where St. Francis stayed.

The cells needs extensive work, as the Kickstarter page describes:

After eight centuries this place now requires substantial restoration work in order to preserve its priceless spiritual value and its ancient works of art.

Your support of the Cell’s restoration will not only provide free public admission to this historic site, but also the conservation of the works of art which are part of the world’s cultural heritage.

The money will go to

  • complete restoration of the Cell: walls, wooden ceiling, floor, decorations, as well as the stone-pillow upon which St. Francis laid his head while he rested;
  • virtual Cell: a reproduction of the Cell to let it be visited even during the closing for restoration;
  • equipment: new electrical installation, new air conditioning system, new overhead projectors;
  • rewards: preparation and shipping to all the donors of the gifts conceived, created and manufactured specifically for this project;
  • public conference: in order to scientifically explain the restoration work, along with free guided tours to the restored Cell;
  • communication campaign: the constant communication and activities with the media in order to let this place be known everywhere and allow a fruitful fundraising around the world;
  • social activities of the Monastery of St. Francis in Rome;
  • taxes and dues.

The group needs $125,000 and thus far has about $73,000, with only 7 days left to go.

The stone Francis used as a pillow.


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