The Feast of St. Francis
Bring your furried, scaled, or finned pet to our narthex (just inside the Sycamore Street entrance) for a blessing in honor of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, beloved patron saint of animals.
A friar who lived in the 12th and 13th centuries, St. Francis is the patron saint of animals because he was known to love all creatures and allegedly even preached to the birds!
Franciscan Bells for Peace
Today at 2:00 PM, the cathedral bells are ringing out to call people to remember St. Francis’ courageous choice 800 years ago to cross battle lines during the Crusades in order to speak directly with the Sultan leading the Egyptian army. Amidst the horrors of war, these two men spoke of peace and reconciliation while finding common ground within their warring faiths. We are ringing our church bells at the time that the Muslim community is being called to prayer as a reminder of the willingness of St. Francis and Sultan Al-Kamil to transcend differences in the name of love. At a time of division and distrust, the Franciscan community wants to remind people that the the saint so beloved for his care for animals and creation was willing to risk his life in the hope of reconciliation and peace. Learn more here