Lord, make me an instrument of your peace
The Peace Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi and our Peace Prayer Initiative
Our Peace Prayer cards are available free of charge to any who desire them. However, donations are encouraged to help defray costs. To make a donation, please send a check payable to the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany to:
Denise Bunk-Hatch, Communications Director
PO Box W
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778
Please note that it is a donation for the Peace Prayer Initiative.
The Peace Prayer of St. Francis
by an anonymous Norman c. 1915 A.D. Peace Prayer
According to Father Kajetan Esser, OFM, the author of the critical edition of St. Francis' Writings, the Peace Prayer of St. Francis is not contained in the writings of St. Francis.
It is recorded that this prayer first appeared sometime during World War I. It was found written on the back of a holy card that pictured St. Francis. The prayer bore no name; but in the English speaking world, on account of this holy card and its deep connection with St. Francis’ spirituality, it came to be called the Peace Prayer of St. Francis.