NDB hosts annual Blessing of the Animals


The Catalyst / Francesca Arbelaez

Senior Kayla Hollister gets her dog blessed.

NDB’s annual Blessing of the Animals ceremony took place on Tuesday, October 4 in the Father Downey Garden, led by the Hallmarks in Action Board.

In celebration of the holy day of St. Francis of Assisi, Blessing of the Animals is an event that honors the relationship between humans and their pets. Since St. Francis is the patron saint of animals, students are encouraged to bring their animal companions to be blessed in honor of his compassion for all living things.

Many pet owners look forward to this event every year so they can bring their furry friends to school and receive a blessing to promote good health for them and their families.

Sr. Carol Miller is an alumna of NDB and a former Human Diversity professor at NDNU. She was asked by the Hallmarks in Action Board to attend this event to give out blessings. She read from the Canticle of Creation, a prayer written by St. Francis that conveys the spirit of his love and appreciation for all of God’s creatures and parts of creation.

After this prayer, NDB community members were invited to receive individual blessings for their pets from Sr. Miller. While families were waiting their turn, members of the Hallmarks in Action Board came around with treats for each of the pets to keep them happy and calm.

Many students and staffulty brought their animals to this event. Athletic Coordinator Kate Mahoney brought her beloved dog, Frankie, to be blessed.

Director of Mission and Ministry Amy Jobin always enjoys this ceremony, and this year’s was special as it took place on her birthday.

“I love this day, and it is the perfect way to spend my birthday,” said Jobin. “It really puts a smile on my face.”

With many barks and wagging tails, the short celebration ended and the animals returned home, but hope to return to NDB again next year.