Blessing of the Animals


Blessing of the Animals
Sunday, October 2 | 1:00pm

On the Grounds of St. Paul's Monastery

“And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind, cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.” And it was so. And God saw that it was good; and God blessed them” (Book of Genesis, 1).

Join the Sisters, Associates, and Oblates of St. Paul’s Monastery for a Blessing of Animals event on Sunday, October 2 at 1:00pm on the Monastery grounds (near the statue of St. Francis of Assisi). All well-mannered pet companions (on leash, or in crate) are welcome to receive the blessing of the community. St. Francis of Assisi’ feast day is October 4 and this celebration on the Sunday closest to his feast day honors his traditional role as patron of creation and ecology given his passion and love for all God’s creatures.

For the safety of all, an animals who may need to stay confined to a vehicle (such as anxiety) can receive an individual blessing curbside as soon as the main liturgy concludes.

Pet bandanas and Benedictine medals for collars will be available for all participating families. If you would like to volunteer to provide welcome and hospitality for this event, please contact Jason Wittak at 651-777-8181 or jwittak@stpaulsmonastery.org.