It’s a tradition in the Episcopal church to honor the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi by blessing animals, as he was known for his abiding love of all creatures. While we couldn’t have our annual gathering on campus this year, we adapted our event to fit the times – we hosted a drive-through Blessing of the Animals on Tuesday, Oct. 6.
Members of the Bishop’s community brought their animal companions in their cars during each grade level’s designated time for their pets to receive a blessing from Rt. Rev. Bishop Susan Brown Snook and Bishop’s Chaplain, Rev. Nicole Simopoulos-Pigato. Chapel Council members Adelaide Kessler ’25 and Angelina Kim ’25 were on hand to meet and greet the parade of pets.
To accommodate our blended in-person and distance learning schedule, what is typically a morning event on the quad was moved to follow the academic day, giving participants the opportunity to come to campus. Since faculty, staff and seventh graders were already here, their designated time was 1 – 1:30 p.m. Sixth and eighth graders had the 1:30-2 p.m. time slot, and upper school grades arrived from 2-3 p.m. To minimize traffic outside our gates, drivers followed a path into campus, through the parking garage and over to the front of Gilman.
Chapel this cycle featured faculty and student speakers who shared their love for their own pets and ways to get involved in service activities that benefit animals. You can click the link below to hear from English teachers Amy Venditta, Laine Remignanti and Amy Allen; students Bella and Emma Myer; and Associate Director of College Counseling Marsha Setzer and her daughter Charlotte.
The Bishop’s School is an independent, coeducational college-preparatory day school for students in grades six through twelve who live throughout San Diego County. Founded in 1909, the School is affiliated with the Episcopal church.