Blessing Of The Animals At Brookland’s Franciscan Monastery

by Shani on September 30, 2012

Franciscan Monastery Brookland NE Washington DC

The friars at Brookland’s Franciscan Monastery  conducted a Blessing of the Animals today in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. The annual event is popular; we estimate that there could have been over 60 animals in attendance, and TV crews from Channel 4 (NBC) and 5 (Fox) were there and broadcasted stories about it on their 5:00 pm programs. The friars gave a brief ecumenical service, did a general blessing of all pets in the crowd and then did individual blessings afterward. There were all kinds of pets – even a parakeet and turtles. The largest pet was probably a big St. Bernard. All pets were given a blessing certificate and a dog tag that reads “Francis of Assisi Protect My Pet”. I spoke with one particular attendee who brought two dogs and wasn’t sure what to expect as a “non-religious person”. She was very touched by the event because of the personal attention given each animal, how welcoming the friars were to one and all, and how there was no mention of donations. The monastery is located at 1400 Quincy Street, NE.

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philsdottir October 1, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Thank you for the write-up of this! I’m the mom of the big St. Bernard and I echo all of it. I loved this – Boomer and I both felt so loved and the monastery is beautiful. The grounds are beautiful and it feels very peaceful. The Friars and Fathers clearly love animals and it really showed. Wonderful!

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Shani October 1, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Thank you for commenting :) We actually thought we had a great picture of Boomer, but in the end we weren’t able to use most of our pictures due to a technical difficulty :( Anyway, you are right, we are truly lucky to have such a gem in our neighborhood. Glad you enjoyed the story.

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Tricia October 2, 2012 at 7:41 am

This was a wonderful event. The Franciscan Monastery is a gem. The buildings are beautiful, the gardens are gorgeous and the brothers are so welcoming. Brookland is very lucky to have such a place in the neighborhood. I had my two dogs blessed. Thank you to the Brothers of the Franciscan Monastery for your giving hearts and welcoming spirits.

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Friar John-Sebastian O.F.M. October 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm

It is a time honored tradition and commemorates the love of God’s creatures by St Francis. It was awesome to see everyone and the wonderful array of pets. Each loved soo much by their owners. All of you are Blessings to us here at the monastery.
Friar John-Sebastian O.F.M.

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