Blessing of the Animals in Chapel

jennifer_troyChapel went to the dogs today, and the cats, and the hedgehogs… as we commemorated St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Animals, with our annual “Blessing of the Animals” in daily chapel.  Around 150 people gathered to hear Jennifer Troy, Director of Paws for Learning, speak about the importance of animals in our lives to help us de-stress and deal with life’s difficulties.  Each animal in attendance was brought forward by their person for a special blessing from Pastor Sonja Hagander and Pastor Justin Lind-Ayres. Especially memorable were the moments when Charlie, Jennifer’s 170-pound Great Dane, decided to give some special attention to folks in the front row!