The Feast of St. Francis

The Feast of St. Francis and Blessing of the Animals is a beloved Cathedral tradition. Join us for worship, dance, and music in honor of St. Francis, patron of the environment and ecology.

The organ prelude will begin at 10:20am, and the service will begin at 10:30am.

For this year’s service, the Cathedral is blessed to be able to bring back the Procession of Animals, a long-beloved part of our pre-pandemic tradition. For a message from the Dean on the Cathedral’s thinking behind this decision, visit our blog.

The afternoon fair and pet blessings will be held rain or shine, beginning immediately after the service. Stay for an afternoon of fun activities and learn about environmental initiatives and climate justice!

St. Francis Day is possible thanks to generous donors in our community. For gifts of $300 or more, we will thank you with a reserved seat for the service in the front section and you will also be acknowledged in the service program. If you would like to learn more, or honor a loved one, either pet or person, by sponsoring an animal in the procession, please contact Priscilla Bayley at Click here to give. Please note that gifts must be received by September 20th in order to guarantee acknowledgment.

Please note, all passes have now been reserved for this year’s service. A limited number of passes will be available in person on the morning of October 1. No passes are needed to attend the fair following the service.


Oct 01 2023


10:30 am - 1:00 pm

Formats (virtual, in person, hybrid)



Cathedral of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue, at W. 112th Street


Cathedral Church of St John the Divine
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