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Blessing of the Animals
Blessing of the Animals

Instruments of Hope invites you all: your family and your pets – all kinds of birds, all kinds of beasts, and all kinds of creeping and crawling things - for a Blessing of the Animals. This blessing will take place on Sunday afternoon, October 2, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. at the St. Francis Sculpture Garden’s San Damiano Piazza,  located at 2025 East Fulton Street on the Marywood campus minutes from downtown Grand Rapids.  Dominican Center at Marywood  is pleased to host this gathering that asks God to bless our loyal animal companions.

The blessing will be led by Father Joachim Lally, CSP, and other animal-loving local clergy.  This ritual is performed in many countries as a way of celebrating the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, known for his great love of all creatures. The event is free, although offerings will be gladly accepted and used to assist Instruments of Hope in completing the garden. For more information, please visit www.instrumentsofhope.net .

Learn about what happened with Francis and the Wolf of Gubbio and see if peace can be bestowed upon your animal as well! Cider for the humans and treats for the animals will be provided by Instruments of Hope.

For detailed directions  or more information about Dominican Center at Marywood, please call 616.454.1241 (Option 5). DCM is open seven days a week and offers a variety of retreats; programs in spiritual formation; group and one-on-one spiritual direction. Link to our Program Offerings  and our Conference Center .

submitted by: Rosemary Steers, Dominican Center at Marywood

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