The Gift of the Stigmata

The Franciscan centenary is a journey to ensure that the entire Franciscan Family throughout the world celebrates together the 800th anniversary of Saint Francis' Easter and the culminating events of the last years of his life. Said Centenary has been divided into four Centenaries, respectively spread over four years where it will be possible to reflect and contemplate the Rule and Christmas in Greccio (1223-2023), the gift of the Stigmata (1224-2024), the Canticle of the Creatures (1225- 2025) and the Easter of Francis of Assisi (1226-2026).


Journeying Together from the Crib to the Cross
Feb. 4, 2024 | 2 - 6 p.m. CT
Online via Zoom

Begin 2024 journeying together with your Franciscan sisters and brothers at this unique Franciscan Federation virtual retreat designed to inspire, connect and transform. We will discover, together, how events that occurred 800 years ago continue to transform us today.

Visit franfed.org for more information and to register.

*Additional events will be added throughout the year.


Throughout 2023, we immersed ourselves in the Nativity Story:

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In 1223, wanting to emphasize the humble circumstances of Jesus's birth and to inspire the local people to more deeply appreciate the Christmas story, St. Francis set up a live Nativity scene in a cave in the quaint Italian village of Greccio. The scene, also called a crèche, included live animals and a hay-filled manger to recreate the birth of Jesus as described in the Gospels.

St. Francis's initiative marked the beginning of a tradition that has since spread around the world, with Nativity scenes now a common part of Christmas celebrations in many cultures. Read "From St. Francis to modern homes: the 800-year legacy of the crèche."


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