For Immediate Release

Contact: Deborah Gilleran

Paws for Reflection: Georgian Court to Hold Blessing of the Animals

Lakewood, N.J., Sept. 17, 2008—On Thursday, October 2, Georgian Court University will hold a special Blessing of the Animals in honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. The service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on the Arts and Science Arcade, the lawn in front of the Arts and Science Center on the Lakewood campus.

Held in honor of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals and the environment, the event has grown over the past 10 years, says Kathy Brum of the Office of Campus Ministry. Last year, the service attracted more than 35 people and their beloved pets, which typically include dogs, cats, birds, and even ferrets, horses, and a rat, among others.

“The event brings together animal lovers from off-campus and our community here together to bless their animals,” says Ms. Brum. “We have one dog that has not been well for years, but comes back every year and gets her blessing.”

The officiant at the service will be Father Anthony DiPalma, and the event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Office of Campus Ministry at 732.987.2691.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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