VALLEY FORGE, PA — The Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge National Historical Park has announced that it will host its annual “Blessing Of The Animals”on Sunday, October 3 starting at 3 PM on the Chapel grounds, as part of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi celebration. St. Francis, who is the patron saint of animals and nature, is commemorated each year for his love of all of God’s creation.
Open to animal lovers and their pets (large and small), this wildly popular event will feature a special blessing by Washington Memorial Chapel Rector, Father Tommy Thompson, as well as several VIP guest appearances, booths, and tables to disseminate information and treats for owners and their pets. For those who have lost a pet, Father will also bless ashes, photographs and other mementos.
Special guests will include representatives from the Kennel Club of Philadelphia and National Dog Show Therapy Dog Ambassador Team and representatives from PAWS for People, the dynamic Delaware Valley organization, that provides individualized pet therapy visitation services in four Mid-Atlantic states. Additionally, the Kennel Club will have information about the upcoming National Dog Show, scheduled for November 20-21 at the Oaks Expo Center. Representatives from several animal advocacy organizations, including the reigning Mrs. Pennsylvania USA Ambassador Karin Hencken, who works with Main Line Animal Rescue, will also be on hand to provide information and help start the adoption process for prospective rescue parents.
Other organizations that will have tables at the event include The Valley Forge Park Alliance, which is a partner in the event, The Washington Memorial Heritage, Piggyback Treats, and more.
“We are so excited to host this wonderful event and show our love to our pets by blessing them and keeping them safe,” said Pat Nogar, Rector’s Warden at the Chapel. “Having these amazing organizations and individuals donate their time to be a part of our celebration just makes it so much more special.”
The Washington Memorial Chapel “Blessing Of The Animals” starts at 3 PM and the blessings will begin at 3:30 PM. The address is Rt. 23 Valley Forge Park, Valley Forge, PA.
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