Every fall, the friars at Brookland’s Franciscan Monastery conduct a Blessing of the Animals event in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. The free annual event is very popular; in previous years, we estimated that there were over 60 animals in attendance. The friars give a brief ecumenical service, do a general blessing of all pets in the crowd and then do individual blessings afterward. It is worth checking out, even if your pet isn’t very religious. The Blessing will take place this Saturday, October 4th, at 2:30 pm. For more info, check out the event on the Monastery calendar here. From the Monastery website:
St. Francis was a fan of all critters, both feathered and furry. Bring your furry friends to the Monastery for a special blessing of the animals service following the Mass of the Feast of St. Francis.
The monastery is located at 1400 Quincy Street, NE.