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Blessing of the Animals

Blessing of the Animals
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Sunday, October 07, 2018
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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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. Over the years, ministers at the Chapel have blessed animals ranging from hamsters to horses.

The service is open to the public and all well-mannered pets are invited. ***Please do not bring aggressive animals.***

Free parking is available in the Bryan Center Parking Garage at 125 Science Drive. ADA parking is available in the Bryan Center Lot at the same address. People with animals needing special care may also park in front of the Chapel.

Contact: Bruce Puckett