The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis of Assisi, 1182 – 1226


Born to a wealthy family around 1182, the man who would become one of the best known saints in the Christian church outwardly appeared of a young wealthy man, yet with a good heart towards the poor.

Francis’ life changed in 1204 when he experience his first vision from God. Renouncing worldly goods, Francis joined the crowd of beggars in Old St. Peter’s in Rome.  He soon began preaching in the streets and attracted a large following.

What makes Francis so unique, is the lasting impact he has had on our church – and our world today.  Among the things you can thank him for are:

- The Franciscan Order
- Restoration of the Porziuncola, an actual chapel building within the cathedral of Assisi
- The first Nativity crèche
- Blessing of the Animals

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in the Heights will commemorate the Feast of St. Francis with an outdoor service and blessing of the animals.

Following the blessing, St. Andrew’s will host a festive outdoor party featuring hot “deity” dogs, live music by Lords of Kool, and beer provided by Saint Arnold brewery (Saint Arnold was the patron saint of hop pickers and Belgian beer makers). We'll also have lemonade, kids' activities, pet bandanas, and a Signed Certificate from Rev. Jimmy Grace certifying that the animals were blessed.

All are welcome as we celebrate these gifts of God’s creation on the Feast of St. Francis!

This event is free. You may support AniMeals on Wheels by making a donation of unopened dog or cat food.


Saturday, October 5, from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM


St. Andrew's Episcopal Church grounds, 1811 & 1819 Heights Boulevard




Saint Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy by Jusepe de Ribera, (1639)