TAMPA, FL, Sept. 26, 2016 – All are invited to bring their beloved fury pets and friends to the Franciscan Center on Thursday, October 6, 2016 for the Blessing of the Animals in observance of the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi. The blessing ritual will take place at 6:00 p.m. and will be led by Reverend Joseph Hertel, O.F.M. We will be joined by our Animal Coalition of Tampa, Peace Volunteer Center at University of Tampa, Riverside Heights Civic Association, Spirit FM, Tampa’s Best Dog Treats and Chews, The Human Society of Tampa Bay. All are welcome; no reservations necessary. Cash Raffle Prizes and Pet Portraits for a donation.
This evening celebrates Francis’s deep love of creation and his sense of connectedness to all living things. Through the Blessing of the Animals, the center hopes to foster greater reverence for all creation and the preservation of the earth’s resources for future generations. Protection of the environment is one of the central organizing values of the congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, who administer and staff the center.
The Franciscan Center is located at 3010 Perry Avenue along the Hillsborough River between Columbus Ave. and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. For more information about this and other programs and events, please contact the Franciscan Center at 813-229-2695, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.franciscancentertampa.org.
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WHAT: Blessing of the Animals
WHEN: Thursday, October 6, 2016, 6 pm
WHERE: The Franciscan Center, 3010 Perry Avenue, Tampa 33603