1182
Francis is born Giovanni Francesco de Bernadone
   
1209
The Order is approved by Innocent III
 
   
  1212
Order of St Clare established
   
1213
The Order is established in Spain
 
   
  1217
The Order is established in Germany, France, North Africa
and Middle East
   
1224
Friars go to England
 
   
  1226
Francis dies
   
1606
Pedro de Quiros lands in Vanuatu and mistakes it for the Southern
Continent. He names it ‘La Austrialia del Espiritu Santo’, the earliest
record of the name.
 
   
  1879
Official Franciscan mission to Australia arrives in Sydney.
   
1939
AFranciscan Province of the Holy Spirit is established. The Province
includes Australia and New Zealand, and grows to include New
Guinea, Singapore and Malaysia.
 
   
  1980
St Francis is named patron of ecology
   
2009
The Order celebrates the 800th anniversary of papal approval
of the Franciscan Rule