The Feast of Saint Francis and Blessing of the Animals

The Right Reverend Clifton Daniel III

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine welcomes you to join us for our 33rd annual Feast of Saint Francis festivities! This signature Cathedral service features the Missa Gaia (or Earth Mass), composed by Paul Winter and Paul Halley, bringing together the Paul Winter Consort and a mass choir of hundreds of voices, as well as modern and traditional West African dance by Forces of Nature—all in celebration of the beauty of the animal kingdom. The service concludes with the Procession of the Animals, a silent parade of creatures great and small down the Nave of the Cathedral. The service begins at 11 am, with a prelude beginning at 10:50 am. The Right Reverend Clifton Daniel III, Dean of the Cathedral, will preach and The Right Reverend Andrew ML Dietsche, Bishop of the Diocese of New York, will celebrate. Following the service, join us for the St. Francis Day fair, with pet blessings, activities, refreshments, and performances on the Pulpit Green.

We would love to have you as a partner in making this magnificent day possible. Please consider becoming a Steward of St. Francis with an individual gift of $250, which will be acknowledged with a reserved seat in the Dean’s section. We also invite individuals, families and groups to sponsor an animal in the procession with a gift of $2,500. For your generosity, you will be given 10 seats in the Dean’s section to enjoy the service with friends and family. All gifts may be made in memory or honor of a loved one, human or animal. To learn more, please e-mail or call Priscilla Bayley, Director of Development, at (212) 316-7570 or

Advanced passes are currently fully subscribed. There will be no more passes released before the morning of October 1st. Don’t have a pass? Don’t worry! Plenty of “day-of” passes will be available on October 1st on a first-come, first-served basis. The line for these passes does form early. For more information, visit this comprehensive event FAQ page.

Cathedral staff and volunteers, as well as St. Francis Day participants, should contact the office with which they work for passes.