Blessing of the animals in Champaign


CHAMPAIGN - Pets of all varieties are encouraged to "bring their owners and admirers" to The Chapel of Saint John the Divine's inaugural Blessing of the Animals at 6 p.m. on Sunday, October 6. Choral music, scripture readings and a spiritual reflection delivered by The Rev. Sean Ferrell, rector and chaplain, will celebrate the life of Saint Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and the environment. In addition, local representatives (human and furry) from the Humane Society of America will be present to collect donations of dog and cat food, new toys and an offering will be collected supporting this important cause. The Humane Society will also share information on how they can help protect and care for God's creatures in the community.

Free Saint Francis collar medals will be given to each pet in attendance and homemade pet and people treats will be served. Pets who cannot travel or owners away from their beloved companions can bring a photo of their pet to be blessed, or simply name them during the blessing. Pets should be able to keep their owners under their control at all times, for the safety and consideration of the variety of animal brothers and sisters in attendance.

The Chapel of Saint John the Divine is located at 1011 S. Wright Street in Champaign, of the campus of the University of Illinois, across from the University Library. Parking for this event is available at the Chapel with overflow parking at the library lot to the South of the Chapel.

For more information, contact The Rev. Sean Ferrell at 217-344-1924 or email him directly at

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