Feast of St. Francis

The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on Oct. 4 is a time when those in Catholic health ministry — and all people — can celebrate God's creation.

CHA annually develops and shares numerous resources for use at meetings, events and throughout the year.

2018 Feast of St. Francis Resources

  • Feast of St Francis Toolkit
  • Environment Webinar: Advancing Health Interiors in Health Care – Webinar for the Feast of St. Francis (Sept. 13, 2018)

2018 Feast of St. Francis Video Reflection

The Catholic Climate Covenant:

  • 2018 Feast of St. Francis Program is now available! The program includes:
    • Facilitator Guide — Includes all the instructions, scripts, links, and materials you or another facilitator will need for a successful 90-minute Feast of St. Francis program.
    • Participant Program Guide — Includes everything that a participant will need — readings, prayers, meditation guide, and discussion questions. This is the printable version of the program.
    • Further Information and Action Resource: We have compiled a list of resources on climate change and migration/refugees for further study and action. Each participant should be given a copy to take home.
    • Blessing of the Animals liturgy.

2016 Feast of St. Francis Resources


Additional Feast of St. Francis Prayers and Reflections

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Three educational and inspirational video reflections and companion resources highlighting the themes of Laudato Si'

Everything is Connected

As Pope Francis wrote in Laudato Si’, St. Francis of Assisi saw all creation as part of one family of God. Whether Christian, Jew or Muslim, whether human, beast, plant or element—all creatures were brothers and sisters to him and all are loved by God. In this brief video, Pope Francis’ basic message – that EVERYTHING is connected, is highlighted.
Watch the video, with Pope Francis’ Prayer for Care of Creation at the end (approx. 6 minutes)
Watch the video minus the closing prayer (less than 4 minutes)

Addressing Climate Change

In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis makes a moral and scientific argument for recognizing and taking action on climate change. This video highlights portions of his case while also highlighting Catholic health care’s response to reduce our contribution to the problem of climate change.
Watch the video, with Pope Francis’ Prayer for Care of Creation at the end (approx. 6 minutes)
Watch the video minus the closing prayer  (less than 4 minutes)

Less is More

Pope Francis has often used the term “throwaway culture” to refer to humanity’s wasteful practices and poor management of our natural resources. In this video, better management of shared natural resources is highlighted, and specifically, water resources.
Watch the video, with Pope Francis’ Prayer for Care of Creation at the end (approx. 6 minutes)
Watch the video minus the closing prayer (less than 4 minutes)

Companion Resources

Pope Francis in Assisi on Oct. 3, 2013, said:

"Praised may you be, Most High, All-powerful God, good Lord… by all your creatures (FF, 1820). This is the beginning of Saint Francis's Canticle. Love for all creation, for its harmony. Saint Francis of Assisi bears witness to the need to respect all that God has created, and that men and women are called to safeguard and protect, but above all he bears witness to respect and love for every human being. God created the world to be a place where harmony and peace can flourish. Harmony and peace! Francis was a man of harmony and peace. From this City of Peace, I repeat with all the strength and the meekness of love: Let us respect creation, let us not be instruments of destruction! Let us respect each human being. May there be an end to armed conflicts which cover the earth with blood; may the clash of arms be silenced; and everywhere may hatred yield to love, injury to pardon, and discord to unity. Let us listen to the cry of all those who are weeping, who are suffering and who are dying because of violence, terrorism or war, in the Holy Land, so dear to Saint Francis, in Syria, throughout the Middle East and everywhere in the world.

"We turn to you, Francis, and we ask you: Obtain for us God's gift of harmony and peace in this our world!"

Text from the Vatican Radio website