Eagle Scout pet monument showcased in animal blessing

Sam Desmond
Posted 10/5/23

On Sunday, Oct. 1, St. John’s Episcopalian Church in Oakdale hosted an animal blessing for friends with fur, feathers, and fins in honor of a recently completed St. Francis, the patron saint of …

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Eagle Scout pet monument showcased in animal blessing

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On Sunday, Oct. 1, St. John’s Episcopalian Church in Oakdale hosted an animal blessing for friends with fur, feathers, and fins in honor of a recently completed St. Francis, the patron saint of animals, monument that was Noah Johnson’s Eagle Scout project.

The St. Francis monument was built in honor of Johnson’s pet rabbit, a forgetful 10-year-old, who died earlier this year.

Mother Bernadette, a retired Episcopalian pastor, led the ceremony and spoke of St. Francis’s “generosity to the poor” and “legendary love of nature.”

There was some barking from the audience and Mother Bernadette assured embarrassed owners that this was a sign of the four-legged friends “participating” in the prayers.