Dates of Special Importance to Franciscans

April 16: Renewal of Vows (Anniversary of the first approval of the friars’ Rule)

June 13: Feast of St. Anthony of Padua

July 15: Feast of St. Bonaventure

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

August 11: Feast of St. Clare of Assisi

August 25: Feast of St. Louis IX, patron of Secular Franciscans and Third Order

October 3 (evening): Commemoration of the Transitus (“passing”) of St. Francis

October 4: Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

November 17: Feast of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, patron of Secular Franciscans and Third Order

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 Franciscan devotion officially declared Catholic dogma in 1854)

December 25: Christmas (the Incarnation of Our 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.