Making the Urban Monastic Calendar

Following a liturgical calendar invites us into Jesus’s full life every year. The seasons help us appreciate the waves and seasons of our own lives. The broad strokes of most Calendars are the same. They vary with the individuals lives & moments that are commemorated.

The calendar impacts portions of the Divine Office. Each season and day can prompt us to reflect in different ways. Urban Monasticism does not celebrate church services or mass. This means that Urban Monastics needs to have a liturgical calendar. An initial version of our calendar is now in place.

Of all the work we will undertake, this is likely the project that will be most challenging. This challenge stems from our ecumenical commitment. Our calendar will likely leave everyone a bit disappointed. We believe it is important to have a shared calendar. Our hope is that everyone can appreciate our calendar, and we can share it together.

Our goal is to see a simplified calendar. It is a calendar for individuals from diverse backgrounds to find valuable, engaging, and enriching. Due to our focus on the Monastic tradition, we have a strong preference for celebrating people out of this tradition. You will see that we also have focused on historic individuals or groups. It includes 15 solemnities, 20 feasts, and 37 memorials.

We invite you to add commemorations. They may be personally meaningful, valued in your tradition, or of local importance. May you have a rich and meaningful personal devotional life. We will provide liturgies for celebrations well beyond what is included on our calendar. Supporting many of these within our breviary (online and in print). If there are people you feel should be amongst our celebrations, please let us know.

The process of building our calendar

We began first with the Roman General calendar. Many the commemorations from that calendar appear in our own. This may make some of our protestant members initially uncomfortable. I encourage you to look into the individuals who are being remembered. They are people who have laid foundations we all benefit from today. Most of whom lived well before the time of the reformation and are a part of our shared history.

From the New Testament Narratives

There are only a few commemorations on our calendar that are event based. These are exclusively drawn from key points in the New Testament narratives. These are births, conceptions, deaths, resurrection, ascensions, and Pentecost. In addition, there are some days that celebrate aspects of Jesus or of the cross itself. Each of these days gives us time each year to rest in these moments.

Focusing on People

Our calendar focuses on people. Across the long, wide, and rich history of the Church there are many worth celebrating. To focus our calendar, we have the following preferences:

  • Apostles and Early Church Leaders
  • Influential Monastics and Mendicants
  • The Doctors of the Church
  • A lasting ecclesial legacy

We have added a feast for the founding of Urban Monasticism (1 December). Beyond this, we want to be slow to add contemporary individuals. History often changes how we understanding the impact individuals had on the Church.

Depending on your liturgical tradition, there are celebrations for consecrations, and other things. Those are not found on our calendar. There is an intentional and explicit focus on individuals.

Including individuals from other traditions

There are more traditions to consider as we move through history towards today. Dates have traditionally fallen to the date of an individual’s death (when known). You will see that Martin Luther has a Memorial on 18 February. He was an easy choice to include. He spent time as an Augustinian Friar, and the role in leading the Protestant Reformation. Today you will see no more Protestants included.

It is unfortunate that Protestantism almost exclusively moved past monasticism. This leaves out many people notable for their theological or evangelistic impact. These people would fall outside our preferences to include. The exception would be for Doctors of the Church, but this is a very short list and does not include protestants.

Initial Commemorations

These are listed by type, and then by chronological order from December through November. Those which are optional have it indicated following their name.

Commemorations marked with a ‘*’ do not have a fixed date, and the dates given are for the 2023 Liturgical Year.


For the sake of completeness, we have included the liturgical seasons included on the calendar.

Ordinary Time
Ordinary Time


25 December | Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)
1 January | Mary, Mother of God
6 January | Epiphany of the Lord
19 March | Joseph, Spouse of Mary
25 March | Annunciation of the Lord
9 April | Resurrection of the Lord (Easter) *
18 May | Ascension of our Lord *
28 May | Pentecost *
4 June | Most Holy Trinity *
8 June | Corpus Christi (Body of Christ) *
16 June | The Sacred Heart of Jesus *
24 June | Nativity of John the Baptist
29 June | Saints and Apostles Peter and Paul
1 November | All Saints
26 November | Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe *


1 December | The Establishment of Urban Monasticism
26 December | Stephan the Martyr
27 December | John the Evangelist
28 December | Holy Innocents
29 December | Holy Family *
8 January | Baptism of the Lord *
25 January | Conversion of Paul
2 February | Presentation of Jesus
25 April | Mark the Evangelist
3 July | Thomas (Apostle)
22 July | Mary Magdalene
29 July | Martha, Mary and Lazarus
31 July | Ignatius of Loyola
6 August | Transfiguration of the Lord
24 August | Bartholomew (Apostle)
14 September | Exaltation of the Holy Cross
21 September | Matthew the Evangelist
18 October | Luke the Evangelist
2 November | All Souls
30 November | Andrew (Apostle)


14 December | John of the Cross
2 January | Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen
17 January | Anthony the Great of Egypt
26 January | Timothy and Titus (Apostles)
10 February | Scholastica
18 February | Martin Luther
23 February | Polycarp
27 February | Gregory of Narek [optional]
21 April | Anselm of Canterbury [optional]
29 April | Catherine of Siena
8 March | John of God
17 March | Patrick of Ireland
18 March | Cyril of Jerusalem
3 May | Philip and James (Apostles)
10 June | Columba of Ireland
17 June | Immaculate Heart of Mary*
27 June | Cyril of Alexandria [optional]
28 June | Irenaeus
30 June | First Martyrs of the Church of Rome [optional]
11 July | Benedict
24 July | James (Apostle)
8 August | Dominic
20 August | Bernard of Clairvaux
28 August | Augustine
29 August | Beheading of John the Baptist
3 September | Gregory the Great
13 September | John Chrysostom
17 September | Hildegard of Bingen
30 September | Jerome
2 October | Guardian Angels
4 October | Francis of Assisi
6 October | Bruno of Cologne
15 October | Teresa of Ávila
17 October | Ignatius of Antioch
28 October | Simon and Jude (Apostles)
11 November | Albert the Great
4 December | John of Damascus [optional]

Photo Credit
Paul Prins on 27 April 2023 in New York City.