Blessing of the Animals
The Blessing of Animals is an outdoor worship service held each year on the Sunday in October closest to the Feast Day of St. Francis. Duke Chapel has hosted a Blessing of Animals since 1989, a worship tradition made notable by the camels and other circus animals blessed every year at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. Last year, Duke Chapel ministers blessed animals ranging from hamsters to horses. The service is open to the public and all well-mannered pets are invited. ** Please consider the wisdom of bringing aggressive animals. ** Parking will be available in the Bryan Center Parking Garage on a first-come basis at a flat rate of $5. People with Duke permit parking passes may park for free in the garage. Handicap parking for vehicles with ADA passes will be available in front of the Chapel. People with animals needing special care may also park in front of the Chapel.