Blessing of the Animals 2021

Kicking off the weekend of celebrations for the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, is Fr. Paul Lininger, OFM Conv. (pastor of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Community – including Blessed Sacrament School, in Burlington, NC), as he blesses the animals of the school community families.

Fr. Tim Kulbicki, OFM Conv. serves as pastor and campus minister at UNC Chapel Hill Newman Catholic Student Center Parish. A nice crowd gathered in the parking lot for this year’s Blessing.

Pilgrims to The Shrine of St. Anthony, in Ellicott City, MD were greeted by Fr. Richard-Jacob Forcier, OFM Conv. and Fr. Grzegorz (Greg) Wierzowiecki, OFM Conv., as they gathered for the Blessing. [Friar Richard-Jacob also serves as Province Secretary and as the Spiritual Guardian for The Companions of St. Anthony.]

As part of the St. Casimir Church Fall Festival 2021, Fr. Andy Santamauro, OFM Conv. (parochial vicar) and Fr. Dennis Grumsey, OFM Conv. (pastor) bless the animals brought to them by Baltimore City’s Canton neighborhood residents.

CNY Central online article featuring the Blessing
with Friar Rick Riccioli, OFM Conv.
– pastor of Assumption Church, Syracuse, NY.

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