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Stritch to Hold Annual Blessing of the Animals on Oct. 6

Sept. 17, 2012

In honor of the Feast of St. Francis, Cardinal Stritch University will hold a colorful and festive Blessing of the Animals in Heritage Park on the east side of campus at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6.

The event is free and open to the public.

Father Jim Gannon, Stritch’s campus priest, will officiate. Father Jim is a member of the Order of Friars Minor, which St. Francis founded in 1209. Known as the patron saint of animals, Francis championed respect for all of creation. That value is one of several that are integral to Stritch, which is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi.

Companion animals of all shapes and sizes are welcome. Dogs must be leashed, and cats and other small animals should be brought in a cage or pet carrier.

Ample free parking is available in lots 3 and 7. To view a map of campus and the location of Heritage Park, visit www.stritch.edu/maps.

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