Loved pets blessed during Blessing of Animals ceremony

Animal lovers and their pets gathered for a Blessing of Animals Oct. 7, on the west lawn at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. During the service, Sisters Gloria Haider, Ange Mayers, Cordy Korkowski and Father Michael Kwatera were present to bless each animal individually. Following treats were served to animals and their companions. This annual event is hosted by the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls and the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, Little Falls, in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and of all creation. Pictured is Colt Gregoire with his pet geckos, Rufus and Rosetta in cage, being blessed by Father Michael Kwatera. Seated beside Colt is his father, Dave Gregoire, Little Falls.