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Blessing of Pets is Oct. 6

Statement as issued Tuesday by the University of Saint Francis:

Sept. 24, 2013 FORT WAYNE, Ind.—The University of Saint Francis will celebrate the feast of its patron saint, Francis of Assisi, with three events on or near Oct. 4. Born in 1182, St. Francis’ Christian conversion and his service to the poor sparked a spiritual movement which continues today in the three orders he founded. The events at the university, which will commemorate Francis’ impact on the world, are sponsored by the Center for Franciscan Life.

The Transitus, a traditional Franciscan prayer service commemorating Saint Francis’ passing into heaven, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. in Saint Francis Chapel at the west end of Trinity Hall. Through readings, hymns and ritual, participants will re-live the night of Francis’ passage through death to eternal life.

In honor of Saint Francis’ “birth into heaven,” Mass will be celebrated in Saint Francis Chapel on Friday, Oct. 4 at 12:05 p.m. University chaplain Father David Meinzen will officiate, and liturgical music will be provided by members of USF Music Ministry and the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration. People of all faiths are invited to join in this celebration of St. Francis’ life in word, song and sacrament.

A Blessing of Pets in honor of St. Francis will take place on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. in front of Brookside (former Bass mansion) near the Saint Francis statue. Pets of all shapes, sizes and species are welcome, as are their owners.

All events are open to the public without charge. University alumni, secular Franciscans and other Franciscan believers are especially welcomed.

For more information, call Sister Anita Holzmer, Director of the Center for Franciscan Life, at (260) 399-7700, ext. 6705.