Blessing of the Animals

All Creatures of our God and King 

Our annual St. Francis Festival celebrates the sacredness of all creation. It is held on the first Sunday of October, close to the October 4 Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi. 

In the spirit of Saint Francis, the celebration honors animals that share our lives and touch our hearts. It also acknowledges and encourages respect for all of creation. 

Animals and humans mingle on the lawns and plaza before entering The Basilica in a grand procession, celebrating creation. The service consists of readings from Scripture, prayers and songs and culminates in a general blessing. After the service individual blessings are available on The Basilica lawns.