Link to biography of St. Francis
St. Francis of Assisi


Link the The Franciscan Order
Hq. of the Order of Friars Minor

113th Successor to St. Francis of Assisi
The first American Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor

Note error above in spelling of Fr. Schaaf's name
by the Italian firm which printed his death notice cards.

Born, Cincinnati, Ohio; March 18, 1883

Entered the Order of Friars Minor
on August 15, 1901. 

Ordained to the priesthood June 29, 1909, by Bishop Denis O'Donaghue, at Holy Family Seminary in Oldenburg, Indiana.

Elevated to Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor; July 14, 1945

Died in Rome, Italy; December 1, 1946
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