Georgia Bulletin

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Fourth-grader Lyndsey Lopez and her mother, Sonya Rose, with the help of sixth-grader Kevin Kilpatrick prepare their guinea pigs for a blessing at Sophia Academy in Atlanta on the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi.


Animals to make St. Francis proud

Published October 24, 2013

Guinea pigs, dogs, and even a stuffed dolphin received blessings to honor St. Francis of Assisi.

Students, parents and staff of Sophia Academy, Atlanta, gathered on Friday, Oct. 4, behind the school for the annual Blessing of the Pets.

The students were invited to bring their pets, pictures of their pets, or stuffed animals to receive a blessing from Father David Musso, a Marist priest. The Marists sponsor Sophia Academy.

Father Musso shared God’s call for humans to care for his creation, noting St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, in particular.