Pets to get blessed at annual Duke service

Posted September 24, 2012

— The public is invited to bring pets of all kinds to Duke Chapel's annual Blessing of the Animals service on Oct. 7.

The 30-minute service will include performances by the Durham Children's Choir, as well as scripture readings and reflections from Father Michael Martin, director of the Duke Catholic Center and a Franciscan friar. 

The service will begin at 3:30 p.m., and individual animal blessings will follow the service. A spokeswoman for Duke Chapel said water and trash cans will be provided for the animals, which should remain under the control of their owners at all times.

Limited parking is available in front of Duke Chapel for those with large animals. Parking is also available in the Bryan Center surface lot, Bryan Center parking deck and behind the Biological Sciences Building on Science Drive.

Ministers at Duke Chapel have blessed a variety of pets at the annual service, which began in 1989. The service is inspired by St. Francis of Assisi, a 13th century Italian Catholic friar who is known for his love of animals.

In the event of rain, the service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14. 


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  • tarheelgrad1998 Sep 27, 2012

    Is it a sin if they go on the alter?

  • zonk Sep 27, 2012

    Pllllleeeeease !!!!

  • beas Sep 25, 2012

    So what's wrong with blessing pets? They are God's creatures just like everyone else and He loves them. Why shouldn't He want to bless them?

  • wayneboyd Sep 24, 2012

    Please, it's the owners who need help.

  • keeprightexcepttopass Sep 24, 2012

    Why not? Most have a better temperment and are more respectful than you oleguy.

  • oleguy Sep 24, 2012

    Give me a break,,, Blessed pets,,, Come on,, We already treat them like children,,,