In the Roman Catholic tradition, October 4 is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis (1182-1226) was a monk who founded the contemporary order of Franciscans. He was known for his vow of poverty and his special connection to animals. As a significant number of Unitarian Universalists trace their cultural and faith heritage to Catholicism, and as the Animal Blessing speaks to our all embracing theology, we celebrate an Animal Blessing in the afternoon on the Sunday closest to October 4th. All are welcome to bring their pets (stuffed animals are also welcome) to be blessed by our ministers in this outside ceremony.