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; last year, 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 Sunday, October 6th, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm. For more info, check out the Monastery calendar here. The monastery is located at 1400 Quincy Street, NE.