What is the Centenary?
800 years from the "Easter of our Seraphic Father St. Francis"
The Franciscan centenary is a journey that we have decided to begin in order for the entire Franciscan family throughout the world to celebrate 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 4 Centenaries, respectively spread over 4 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), the Easter of Francis of Assisi (1226-2026).
This web page, commissioned by the Franciscan Family through a Commission of the Communication Offices, is the official site for disseminating reflections, themes, official documents and news that will give us the guidelines for experiencing this great Franciscan event together.
The five Centenaries are part of a single thematic project, which will develop gradually and harmoniously according to the chronology of the events celebrated.
The key themes proposed for the celebration of the Centenaries will be considered from multiple perspectives, present in every celebration, which refer to the theological dimension (our being in Christ), anthropological (our being brothers and sisters), ecclesiological (our being in communion) and sociological (our being in the world).
The celebration of the Centenarians becomes a propitious occasion to support, as a Franciscan Family, the ecclesial reform that the Pope is carrying out in his pontificate.
Furthermore, the celebration of Centenaries also has subsidies, the objective and purpose of resolutely directing our gaze towards the future and charismatically strengthening our Franciscan identity.
Recipients of this centenary are the entire Franciscan family and all the men and women who feel challenged by the figure of Francis of Assisi, by his life and work.
Indeed, it should be noted that the themes, news, events and reflections in this space were conceived and developed by brothers and sisters from all the continents and for this reason the celebration of the Centenaries is, without a doubt, a good opportunity to give visibility to the Franciscan Family as a whole.