Blessing of the Animals on Wednesday, Oct. 2

Many people all over the world celebrate the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi on Oct. 4¬†with a ceremonial Blessing of the Animals. Blessing of the Animals is a relatively modern rite, but its ancient roots acknowledge the creative work of God. Few figures from Christian history reflect God’s love for all creatures as beautifully and completely as St. Francis of Assisi, a 12th century monk who founded the Franciscan order and was known for his generosity and compassion.

Other religious traditions, including Judaism and Buddhism, also have ritual animal blessings or formalized acts of compassion for animals. Stetson University chaplains Rev. Christy Correll-Hughes and Sensei Morris Doshin Sullivan will perform Blessing of the Animals services on the Stetson Green this Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

There will be two blessings ceremonies, at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Students are encouraged to bring their pets for blessing by the chaplains. All students (and animal companions) are invited to attend, regardless of their faith or secular tradition.