Some came on four legs and some wrapped in blankets for a blessing from Father Bill.
Saint Simeon's senior community in Tulsa held its first-ever Blessing of the Animals Friday, October 4.
The Episcopal retirement center, which offers assisted living, health care and memory care in Tulsa, invited the public to bring beloved pets for a special blessing from Father Bill Holly.
The ceremony is held in recognition of St. Francis of Assisi's feast day. Father Bill said the blessing to pets and their owners reminds us to treasure each creature alive with God's spirit.
Michelle Recchia brought her newly adopted dog Mick. She'd been looking for a rescue pet to help and spotted Mick at Pet Smart three weeks ago.
"He just walked right up, and it was perfect," she said. "It's the first time I ever adopted, and he's the best dog ever."
So when Recchia heard Saint Simeon's was blessing God's creatures large and small, she brought Mick.
Father Holly told staff, residents and guests assembled for the blessing that by celebrating the Feast of St. Francis, we recognize that human lives are made richer by companion animals.
The Tulsa SPCA brought some 9 week-old puppies that are available for adoption. Learn more by calling 918-428-7722 or go by 2910 Mohawk Boulevard in Tulsa.