Pets of All Kind Come Out to the Annual Blessing of the Animals

If you happened to be walking near the main green around noon on Wednesday, October 2, you would have saw an unusual sight. There were all kinds of animals from dogs, guinea pigs, reptiles, cats, and even a horse! All these creatures as well as some human counterparts were participating in Wilson’s annual Blessing of the Animals ceremony.  The ceremony was held here in October because the patron saint of animals, St. Francis of Assissi, is honored on October 4 of every year. The ceremony was led by Chaplain Derek who even brought his dog, Luna to be blessed. Faculty, staff, students, and even community members brought all types of animals to be blessed. It was a great way to appreciate the beloved animals that help us through life. The service started out with a brief message from Chaplain Derek who talked about the many things our pets do for us daily. Following the message, Chaplain Derek blessed each animal individually as each owner brought it forward. Many members of the Wilson community came out just to see what animals might show up. It was definitely a sight to see and many people look forward to the event every year.

Chaplain Derek blessing his dog Luna
Animals and people gathering around Chaplain Derek

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