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Published: 10/5/2013


The Blessing of the Animals

Photos of this year's Blessing of the Animals at Franciscan Academy in Sylvania. The event was held in honor of the Feast of St. Francis and featured music preformed by students. Several dozen parents and students brought everything from dogs to cats to fish to gerbils in for the blessing. CLICK ANY PHOTO TO ENLARGE AND START SLIDESHOW.

Deacon Tom Sheehan, right, blesses Otto, an 11-year-old German Shepherd, along with his owner Rob Jones, center, and Jones' daughters, Madison, 6, left, and Katelyn, 8, center. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Deacon Tom Sheehan, right, blesses Otto, an 11-year-old German Shepherd, along with his owner Rob Jones, center, and ...
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Zak Kovacs, 9, center, and Avalon Budd, 7, right, pet Budd's five-month-old Burmese Mountain Dog Bodhi, center, while waiting for the start of this year's Blessing of the Animals at Franciscan Academy in Sylvania. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Zak Kovacs, 9, center, and Avalon Budd, 7, right, pet Budd's five-month-old Burmese Mountain Dog Bodhi, center, while ...
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Kindergarden teacher Beth Savage holds out her class' Goldfish, which she brought for a blessing. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Kindergarden teacher Beth Savage holds out her class' Goldfish, which she brought for a blessing.
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Kara Kucway, 8, center, givers her hamster Fluffy a kiss. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Kara Kucway, 8, center, givers her hamster Fluffy a kiss.
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Bob and Amy Kasprzak, left, hold their nine-year-old Cocker Spaniel Cooper. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Bob and Amy Kasprzak, left, hold their nine-year-old Cocker Spaniel Cooper.
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Rob Jones, center, stands wit his daughter Madison, 6, as they wait with his other daughter Katelyn, 8, right, and the family dog Otto, an 11-year-old German Shepherd. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Rob Jones, center, stands wit his daughter Madison, 6, as they wait with his other daughter Katelyn, 8, right, and ...
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Amber Weaver, 5, center, smiled as she and other kindergardeners held their stuffed animals aloft for a blessing. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Amber Weaver, 5, center, smiled as she and other kindergardeners held their stuffed animals aloft for a blessing.
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Deacon Tom Sheehan, center, blesses a group of kindergardeners as they hold aloft their stuffed animals. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Deacon Tom Sheehan, center, blesses a group of kindergardeners as they hold aloft their stuffed animals.
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Reina Zeitouni, 9, center, keeps a hold of her four-year-old cat Sugar as her classmates circle up to touch the recently blessed pet. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Reina Zeitouni, 9, center, keeps a hold of her four-year-old cat Sugar as her classmates circle up to ...
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