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September 18, 2002


LA CROSSE, Wis.—St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) is often described as a lover of nature, of animals, of people. Viterbo University is honoring these qualities on the Feast Day of St. Francis (Friday, Oct. 4) by holding a variety of events that week that are free and open to the public. Activities include:

  • Bread Delivery, Sunday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.—members of the "Neighborhood Group," consisting of Viterbo University, Aquinas, Chileda, the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, and Franciscan Skemp Healthcare will deliver bread to those living in their neighborhoods as a gesture of Franciscan hospitality.
  • The Ninth Annual Pet Blessing, Thursday, Oct. 3, 5 p.m., Viterbo’s Assisi Courtyard near the statue of "Dancing Francis." Fr. Tom O’Neill, Viterbo campus ministry, will lead a prayer celebration. Guests do not need to have their pets present for the pets to be blessed. The event is sponsored by Viterbo University and Franciscan Skemp Healthcare.
  • "The Journey and the Dream," Friday, Oct. 4, 9:15 a.m., Fine Arts Center Main Theatre —a talk by Julio Bird, a cardiologist at Gundersen Lutheran and the first La Crosse man and Puerto Rican to successfully climb Mt. Everest.
  • St. Francis Day Mass, Friday, Oct. 4, 11 a.m., Maria Angelorum Chapel, St. Rose Convent.

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