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22nd Annual Franciscan Blessing of the Animals San Francisco Oct 1st

San Francisco, the city of St. Francis is pet friendly for a reason. Besides the amazing climate, there are outdoor activities galore if you have a canine companion. Personally I think St. Francis of Assisi would be pleased with what he saw in his namesake west coast city.

A wonderful tradition that has gotten larger over the years is the Annual Franciscan Blessing of the Animals. This year it will take place on Saturday October 1 at St. Boniface Church.   The event was founded in 1987 by Father Floyd Lotito, OFM as a way of celebrating the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi in the city that bears his name.

SF Blessing of the Animals

The Blessing of the Animals brings together people, their pets, working animals and their handlers, guardians and their charges. This year’s event hopes to attract a larger and more geographically diverse group of people than in the past.

There will be musical stage events throughout the day culminating with a live Fully Alive concert; a performance by hip-hop-rap artist Joe Melendrez en troupe from Los Angeles. There is a plan to pair up able-bodied volunteers from Bay Area youth ministries, schools, seminaries, and sister parishes to escort housebound neighborhood seniors out to the festivities.  

There are about 300 people living in senior and elderly housings communities within a two block radius of St. Boniface Church. The combination of seniors and pets will add immensely to the event.

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