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PHOTO GALLERY: Blessing of the Animals 2023

Our furry friends were blessed by clergy across the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina in honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.

Churches are listed in alphabetical order. Submit your photos from this year's Blessing of the Animals service to rcarr@diocesewnc.org to be added to the gallery.


Grace Church in the Mountains, Waynesville

Photos by Jim Dohms

Holy Cross, Valle Crucis

Photos by Angela Williams



St. Alban's, Hickory


St. David's in the Valley, Cullowhee


St. James, Hendersonville


Trinity, Asheville


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