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Franciscan Feast Days

April 16 - renewal of vows (anniversary of 1st approval of friars' Rule)

June 13 - Feast of St. Anthony

July 15 - Feast of St. Bonaventure

August 2 - Feast of Our Lady of the Angels of the Portiuncula

August 11 - Feast of St. Clare

August 25 - Feast of St. Louis IX (patron saint of the secular Franciscans)

October 3 - Commemoration of the Transitus (passing) of St. Francis

October 4 - Feast of St. Francis

November 17 - Feast of St. Elizabeth of Hungary (patron St. of secular Franciscans)

November 29 - Feast of All Saints of the Seraphic Order (anniversary of the final approval of the friars' Rule of Life in 1223)

December 8 - Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (a long-standing devotion)

December 25 - Christmas (the Incarnation of the Lord has held a particularly special place in the spiritual life of Franciscans since the time of St. Francis)

St. Francis composed a special Liturgy of the Hours - The Office of the Passion - to commemorate special feast days

              Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope;

Where there is darkness, light;

And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,

Grant that I may not so much seek

To be consoled as to console;

To be understood as to understand;

To be loved as to love;

For it is in giving that we receive;

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.


If interested in becoming a secular Franciscan, inquire here.

If you live in the Chicago area, consider Marytown, the National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe.  The secular Franciscans meet there the 2nd Sunday of the month (except April, May and Oct.) at 1:00 in the Sorrowful Mother chapel (rosary), 1:30 in the main chapel for liturgy and then 2:00 in Founder's Hall for the meeting.  Come and join us!