Wagging Tails at Blessing of the Animals

Bishop’s Celebrates a Favorite Annual Tradition


Sydney Chan

The Quad quickly filled up with family, friends, and pets galore, as the annual Blessing of the Animals event began. The Bishop’s Jazz Band provided some music during a portion of the festivities. Marching along the quad with pets walking behind them, the music enhanced the excitement of the event.

Sydney Chan, Story Editor

Wagging tails, chirping birds, and playful rabbits filled the quad during the highly anticipated Blessing of the Animals. On October 4, members of the community brought their pets on to campus to get blessed by current Reverend Nicole Simopolus-Pigato, in accordance with the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, commemorating the Catholic Church’s patron saint of animals and the environment . This year, the Bishop welcomed back former Bishop’s Chaplain, Reverend Brian Fidler.

From live music played by our Bishop’s Jazz Band to dog treats made by Chapel Council to multiple blessings, the double-enrichment block was filled with laughter, fun, and many wagging tails.