Our 175th Anniversary year will culminate this fall with the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on October 4th. Please join us as we close our 175th Anniversary!


175th Anniversary Gala Cocktail Party

September 20, 2019, 7:00 PM

Enjoy time with friars, other parishioners and friends of the Church of St. Francis of Assisi with food, music and cocktails as we celebrate this momentous moment in the life of our beloved church.

Tickets: $50

Purchase your tickets online HERE, or at the Reception Desk in the Francis House.


175th Anniversary Commemorative Book Release

Capturing our history and vibrant spirit, Church of Saint Francis of Assisi: Welcome, Worship & Witness in the Heart of New York offers readers a colorful keepsake to commemorate our parish’s 175th anniversary.

This handsome limited edition book includes chapters on our history (“Humble Beginnings and a Hopeful Future”), parish life (“We Are St. Francis!”), and the liturgical year (“Times and Seasons”).

Our 175th Anniversary Commemorative Book will be released during the Gala on September 20.  Anyone in attendance who contributed a memorial or donation will be able to pick up their complimentary book at the event. Books will also be available for purchase at $20.00 .

These commemorative books will also be available for sale at the reception desk in the Parish House after September 20th.

Or you may purchase your book online and have it shipped to you for $25.00.
Click HERE to order your book today.


175th Anniversary Raffle

$1,000 First Prize     *     $500 Second Prize     *     $250 Third Prize

Tickets are $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00 on sale at the reception desk in the lobby of St. Francis House.
 The drawing will be held at the Gala on September 20. You do not have to be present to win.


Blessing of Animals

Sunday, September 29, at 2:00 PM

Please gather with your pet in front of the church on W. 31st St.


Transitus of St. Francis of Assisi

October 3, 2019, 7:00 PM

Each year on the eve of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Franciscans around the world commemorate the passing of this beloved saint at a special prayer service called the Transitus. If you have never attended this moving commemoration of St. Francis’ final moments please consider joining us during our 175th anniversary celebrations.


175th Anniversary Festive Mass

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, October 4, 2019, 5:30 PM

Our year will come to a close the best way we know how, with a festive celebration of the Eucharist on the feast of our Patron Saint.

Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, will be joining us and presiding at the Mass. He will be joined by Fr. Kevin Mullen, OFM, Provincial Minister of Holy Name Province, as well as our Pastor, Fr. Andrew Reitz, OFM, our friars in ministry at St. Francis and visiting friars from the Province.


Everyone is welcome to join us as we thank God for 175 years of ministry, grace and love in this sacred place.