All Souls' Day: Remembering those who have gone before

November 2, 2023

On the Nov. 2 feast of All Souls' Day, we pray for all the priests, men and women religious who have served in our Archdiocese that died this year.

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About All Souls' Day
All Souls' Day, held on November 2, was first instituted at the monastery in Cluny in 993 CE and quickly spread throughout the Christian world. It was Saint Odilo, the abbot of Cluny in France, who in the 10th century, proposed that the day after All Saints' Day be set aside to honor the departed, particularly those whose souls were still in purgatory. On All Souls Day, the souls of the faithful departed are commemorated.

Although All Souls' Day is observed informally by some Protestants, it is primarily a Roman Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox holy day.