Parishes honor St. Francis through pet blessings

Oct 6, 2021
Rossi holds her dog for a blessing by Father Juan Osorno, in memorium of St. Francis of Assisi at St. Mary Parish in Rockledge. (COURTESY)

ORLANDO | Parishes throughout the Diocese of Orlando honored the memorial of St. Francis of Assisi, Oct. 4 with pet blessing events. From St. Ann Parish in DeBary, where Deacon Don Prendergast blessed 28 dogs, two sugar gliders, and one guinea pig to Most Precious Blood Parish in Oviedo, whose parishioners brought donations for the local humane society, the faithful showed their love of pets and appreciation of the saint, known for his love of animals.