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Pets Receive Blessing on St. Francis’ Feast Day

In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, families and their pets arrived outside the Flood Mansion for a ceremony and blessing of the animals.

In celebration of the Feast of St. Francis on October 4, students and parents gathered in front of the Flood Mansion with their pets for a ceremony honoring the patron saint of San Francisco, the environment and animals. The highlight of the event was a blessing of the animals by a Franciscan priest. 

Inspired by the spirit of St. Francis, Deacon Eddie Gutierrez led a service that included a welcome by President Ann Marie Krejcarek and live musical performances. At one point, Deacon Eddie walked down the front steps to sprinkle holy water on the animals.

Students who did not have a pet on hand brought stuffed animals or photos of their pets, while others participated by holding up signs of their favorite animals. The popular event, which was first held on campus in 2016, made its return this year after being canceled last fall.

Blessing of the Animals, October 4, 2021
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