As I write this it is Sunday, October 2, and is Saint Frances Sunday. Saint Frances was known for his love for animals. In many churches it is the custom to bring pets to church to be blessed. Of course we brought Smokey to receive his annual blessing. At 11 he is a role model for the younger dogs.
Two years ago we went to Santa Fe, New Mexico and visited the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Frances of Assisi. This church community dates back to 1610. The congregation celebrated its 400th anniversary last year in 2010.
The wall behind the altar is a panel of icons with a small statue of St Frances at the center. I think he is quite old but he has been given a new sash.
For more information see their website HERE. For an excellent Wikipedia article with a virtual tour of the cathedral see HERE.
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