St. Francis Day Blessing of the Animals

On Thursday, October 4th at noon, Dominion Academy will host the second annual Blessing of the Animalsin the school parking lot. You are invited to bring your caged or leashed pets to be blessed. Refreshments, including animal treats, will follow. This year we are opening the event to the public, and the Dayton Police Department is bringing the five dogs of their Canine Unit to be blessed.

Fr. Wayne McNamara, Fr. Dorino Cozzini, and Fr. Harry Mathis will be blessing the animals. In attendance will be members of the Third Order Secular of the St. Francis Missionaries of the Holy Cross. This tradition derives from St. Francis of Assisi’s love for animals. Francis was a Catholic friar and preacher who lived in the twelfth century and founded the men’s Franciscan Order, the women’s Order of St. Clare, and the lay Third Order of St. Francis. Francis, whose feast day is October 4th, believed God’s love covered all creation and gave each creature dignity. While living in a small shack, Francis and his early brothers allowed a donkey to evict them and set up his abode in their place. Another legend recounts Francis preaching a sermon to the birds, exhorting: “My sister birds, you owe much to God, and you must always and in every place give praise to Him.”

Dominion Academy hosts this event to affirm the ways all parts of creation – including animals – bring praise to God. You may contact Amanda McGill if you have any questions
(amanda.mcgill @


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