On May 25, we celebrate the Feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. Francis. Pope Gregory IX laid the cornerstone for the Basilica on 17 July 1228, the day after Francis’ canonization. The Basilica is built into the side of a hill in Assisi and is comprised of two churches the Basilica Superior (Upper Church) and the Basilica Inferiore (Lower Church).
The Lower Basilica was finished in 1230 and on May 25 of that year Saint Francis’ body was transferred from San Giorgio to this new church constructed in his honor.
On May 24, 2022, the Solemnity of the Dedication of the Basilica, Friar Giovanni Voltan invited us to look at St. Francis as our model to follow Jesus.