Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI blesses Zoe, pictured with (L-R) Kent, Sr. Sally Mitchell and Mickey Agnese.

UIW invited the university and San Antonio community to the annual Blessing of the Animals on Oct. 4 in Lourdes Grotto on campus. Sr. Martha Ann Kirk hosted the celebration and blessed pets, live and stuffed.

This annual event is a celebration of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and ecology. The blessing was hosted by the UIW’s “Arts for Christian Worship Class” and Liturgical Outreach.