Tampa – Pets of all kinds and their owners are invited to the Franciscan Center on Friday, October 1st for the annual “Blessing of the Animals” event. Furry, finned and feathered friends—or even stuffed animals—are all welcome to this outside blessing which will take place on the grounds of the Franciscan Center, 3010 North Perry Avenue, Tampa. The event is from 5-7pm with the blessings from the Friars at Sacred Heart Church, to start at 6pm.
This year visitors will also be treated to the sounds of local acoustic music artist Ray Gurka, who will be performing at the Center’s riverfront pavilion starting at 5pm. Guests are invited to bring a picnic and chairs along with their well-behaved animals. www.raygurka.com.
The Blessing of the Animals is an annual event in honor of St. Francis of Assisi who is the patron Saint of animals and the environment. The Franciscan Center, 3010 N. Perry Ave., Tampa, FL 33603, is a non- profit, 501(3)(c), private retreat house sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, NY with dedicated laity who are committed in carrying out the mission. More information about the Center, upcoming retreat and events, and booking the venue is available by calling (813) 229-2695 and by visiting http://www.franciscancentertampa.org/