The Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi is about animals, environment and us, the people. Our animals teach us the key lessons for living life all for a scratch on the head and a bowl full of kibble. Not a bad deal because sometimes theology has a wagging tail and a cold nose!
"The Lord is good to all, compassionate to every creature." Psalm 145:9
The Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi is independent, non-denominational and ecumenical. We follow the life of St. Francis of Assisi who patterned his living through the life of Jesus Christ. We follow, as best as we can, a life of simplicity and prayer as Jesus taught us. We are a ministry. We do not ask for donations. We support ourselves with salaries outside of the ministry. Books, courses, celebrations such as weddings and funerals and talks that offer honorarium help pay for this ministry which includes on-site blessings and memorials, online radio programs, this website and a monthly newsletter. Sponsorships are very much appreciated and will be made available this Summer 2015.
The Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi provides a variety of services to our community as well as online. Those services are
The Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi Mission Statement:
In short, the Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi mission statement reads:
Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi's Belief
The Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi believes that all animals have souls and go to Heaven. The word animal comes from the Latin root that means soul. In 1990, Pope John Paul II declared in a public audience that "animals also possess a soul and go to heaven, and that men must love and feel solidarity with our smaller brethren". We are taught by all faiths that we are to be caregivers of all Creation which includes species of animals, birds and fish as well as the environment and planet Earth.
We know that animals have a moral sense, an appreciation of beauty, and awareness of themselves. It is apparent that animals experience many ranges of emotions like humans do. Our pets bring so much love, joy, beauty and meaning into our lives. God gave them to us to bless us with their companionship. We, in turn, are to take care of them for the balance of their lives.
The Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi Purpose
Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi is about helping people going through difficult times when their pet dies or has a terminal illness or goes missing. We are dedicated to sharing the biblical knowledge that animals possess a soul and go to heaven. It is also our desire to increase awareness of our animal rights to live in a safe environment with compassion, healthy food, clean water and a warm place to sleep.
The Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi Services
Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi provides many different services to the community at large and to individuals coping with animal pain, suffering, illness and death. This particular ministry is Christian based but we do offer individual and collective faith memorial services and honor the various beliefs that we all hold dear. We are a ministry without walls and most of our services are held outdoors.
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A kiss for a recent arrival as a new resident at the Tangi Humane Society's pet blessing on December 30, 2011. She was rescued as a stray who had been dumped off in a busy parking lot in Hammond, LA.
I am a member of the Episcopal Network for Animal Welfare and this is what we believe:
Striving to live out the beatitude of our Lord, “Blessed are the merciful,” ENAW believes that ending animal cruelty in all its forms and striving for mercy for all creatures is an essential task of the Church. We are concerned by the lack of attention by the Church to the cruelties committed against animals in laboratories, factory farms, puppy mills, fur farms, slaughterhouses, and wherever animal exploitation occurs. We believe that our treatment of animals, “the least of these,” is of major importance to all Christians and has implications for our health, environment, and world hunger, all of which demand our attention. ENAW believes in non-violence for all of God’s creatures and is dedicated to the ongoing pursuit of God’s Peaceable Kingdom on earth.
Remember: Wag More - Bark Less!