St. Mary's Medical Center will host a "Blessing of the Animals" event on October 4 at 3:30 p.m. at the Franciscan Chapel, located behind the main hospital.
Reverend Aidan Lacy, Director of Pastoral Care at St. Mary’s, will be leading the blessing. Also in attendance will be Pollyanna Chester, service dog for Associate Administrator Don Chester and arguably the hospital’s most popular and well-known employee.
When patients and visitors see a line of dogs, horses and other pets headed to the door of St. Mary’s Medical Center, they may wonder if Dr. Doolittle has come to call. In fact, the ceremony is a religious tradition started by St. Francis of Assisi and known as the Blessing of Animals. In celebration of St. Francis’ feast day on October 4th, St. Mary’s has invited the four-legged members of the West Palm Beach Police and Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department, as well as members of the Sunshine-On-A-Leash and Pet Therapy programs, to the hospital’s Franciscan Chapel for a blessing ceremony. Employees also are welcome to bring their pets. Refreshments will be served for bipeds and quadrupeds alike.