Annual Blessing of the Animals

St. Francis of Assisi was born in the 12th century and is one of the most highly regarded religious figures in history.

St. Francis is remembered for his generosity to the poor, his willingness to minister to the lepers, and for his love for animals and nature. Deerfield residents brought their beloved pets to be blessed in celebration of the Feast of St. Francis. 

The Rev. Nancy McCarthy and The Rev. Tonya Hill lead the service and blessed many animals on the Bistro Patio. The pets included dogs of different breeds, a cat and a bird also participated in the service.

Almighty and everlasting God, Creator of all things and giver of all life, let your blessing be upon all these animals. May our relationships with them mirror your love, and our care for them be an example of your bountiful mercy. Grant the animals health and peace. Strengthen us to love and care for them as we strive to imitate the love of Jesus Christ our Lord and God’s servant Francis. Amen.