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One reads also that this servant of God "cleansed two lepers, one of whom was also a paralytic, and he received healing from both afflictions. He healed those afflicted with various diseases—an untold number of people—all through the power of Christ." That is why it is sung of him: "Hail, O splendor of the poor," etc.


An Abbreviated Chronicle of the Succession of General Ministers by Peregrine of Bologna (c.1305)

The following document was written by an Italian brother, Peregrine of Bologna, in the form of a letter to the general minister, Gonsalvo of Balboa, around 1305. Peregrine was certainly "very elderly," at least in his early 80 's, when he wrote down his reminiscences of the leaders of the Order, for he had served as a socius of Haymo of Faversham sixty years previously. Peregrine rose to some prominence in the Order himself, serving as provincial minister of both Greece and Genoa. As he mentions here, he served as the liaison between John of Parma and the provincial ministers at the chapter of Rome in 1257. Peregrine naturally devotes more space to the ministers of the 1240 's and 1250 's, with whom he was more familiar personally and who were simply names for most brothers by the turn of the century. Although later works, such as the great Chronicle of the Twenty-Four Generals, utilized Peregrine's work, no manuscript of it was known until A. G. Little found a copy at the turn of the last century.a

1 It is worth transmitting what Brother Peregrine of Bologna, a very elderly brother, wrote to the general minister, Brother Gonsalvo, on the succession of the general ministers.

2 The first general minister was the blessed Francis, of the city of Assisi, as is narrated in his Legend. He was in the Order for seventeen years;b before this he lived for three years as a religious,c but with neither brothers nor places, intent on doing good works, giving alms, and rebuilding churches, as the Lord inspired him to do these things.

The second was Brother Elias, from the same city, who was in the office for a number of years. Because the brothers of that time did not want their ministers to be permanent nor for life, Elias and they agreed that he should resign his office, which he did.d




Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 827