November 29

All Saints of the Franciscan Orders

In addition to All Saints Day on November 1, the entire Franciscan Order celebrates a Franciscan All Saints Day.  All the saints and blessed, in fact, all the members of the three orders of St. Francis who have attained their goal in heaven, whether known or unknown, are honoured in a special manner on this day.  November 29 was selected for the feast day because on that day in 1223 Pope Honorius III gave his approval to the final rule which Saint Francis gave to the Friars Minor, a rule which pointed out a new way to sanctity.  By observing it faithfully many have become saints; and by celebrating the feast of all Franciscan saints, we are inspired and encouraged to follow in their footsteps.