The current Pope Francis took the saint’s name in recognition of St. Francis’ concern for the poor. However, the iconoclastic friar and preacher who died on October 3, 1226 was also known for his love of "all creatures of our God and King."
It is no wonder the world loves St. Francis Day; a day when our transcendent connection to animals is celebrated.
October 4, 2016 is St. Francis Day. It is acknowledged by a broad range of people and organizations: The Humane Society, PETA, Catholics, Protestants, and others all celebrate St. Francis' love for creation.
"Francis' deep love of God overflowed into love for all God's creatures — expressed not only in his tender care of lepers and his (unsuccessful) attempt to negotiate peace between Muslims and Christians during the fifth Crusade, but also in his prayers of thanksgiving for creation, his sermons preached to animals, and his insistence that all creatures are brothers and sisters under God."
At 10:00 am on Sunday, October 4, we will recognize and celebrate "all creatures of our God and King" with worship in the Sanctuary which will include friends from Animal Adventures.
At 11:15 am, there will be a special event with Animal Adventures in the Chapel for all ages. All are invited to participate in either or both the 10:00 am and 11:15 am gatherings.
All are invited to bring there own pets from home to celebrate and receive a blessing. Photos of pets and stuffed animals are also heartily welcome!
Perhaps you have a beloved pet story to share in the comments below.