ACU to host animal blessing

Published: Monday 19th September 2016

Staff from the Brisbane Campus are invited to bring their furry, scaled and feathered friends along to the a Blessing of the Animals event this Wednesday 21 September.

ACU is hosting its second annual Blessing of the Animals for the furry, feathered, finned or shelled.

Campus Ministry Brisbane chaplain Father Harry Chan will conduct the blessing and said most pet lovers regard their animals as members of the family, this can mean giving them spiritual care along with the usual fare.

“Whatever the animal, they are all God’s wonderful creatures,” Father Harry said.

“I believe God sends them to us to give us the message of God’s love, peace and joy, and that’s what they bring to us. I am happy to give them a blessing for health and long life.”

The Blessing of the Animals was created in the tradition of the teachings of St. Francis of Assisi, who is said to have had an abiding love for all creatures. Traditionally held around the Feast Day of St Francis (4 October), ACU decided to combine with Stress Less Day.

Father Harry said both pets and their owners will benefit from the experience.

“It is nourishing for the pet owners, and it is fun for the animals to be outside and see others of their kind,” he said.

“We will have music to chill out to, a vet will give a talk on caring for animals, the Mounted Police will be paying a visit and there will be a petting zoo.

“It will be a blessing for everyone.”

The Blessing of the Animals will be held at 11am on Wednesday 21 September at the Brisbane Campus.