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Celebrating St. Francis of Assisi

Photos by Judith Pannebaker

To celebrate the Feast of St. Francis, on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 5, Father John Nolan of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church held a special blessing of the animals. A nature lover, St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals and the environment. About 50 to 60 four-legged friends brought their two-legged guardians to the blessing. The gathering included cats, dogs, horses, a miniature horse and even a gerbil. Nolan blessed a service dog for one couple and Leanne and Jeanne Beauxbennes' companion horses. "This is as close as I've ever been to a horse," Nolan confessed.