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Blessing of the Animals

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All animals, their owners and families are invited to a Blessing of the Animals on October 2, 2011 at Dominican Center at Marywood.

/Provided by Instruments of Hope

Underwriting support from:
Father Joachim Lally, CSP

Father Joachim Lally, CSP

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 .

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. Instruments of Hope will provide cider for the humans and treats for the animals.


Dominican Center at Marywood is rated as one of the top ten Conference Centers in the area by Grand Rapids Business Journal. Consider Dominican Center when planning your family, business, or life events. Call 616.454.1241 (Option 5) for information on how we can serve you or your organization. DCM 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 .

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submitted by: Rosemary Steers, Dominican Center at Marywood

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