Friar Jack Takes His Words to San Francisco
On September 27, 2001, Father Jack Wintz, O.F.M., ("Friar Jack") teams up with
San Francisco Father Floyd Lotito to make a special presentation to San Francisco Mayor
Willie L. Brown, Jr. The friars will present to the mayor a copy of Jack Wintz's new book, St.
Francis in San Francisco, illustrated by Kathy Baron. The mayor will depart soon thereafter
for Assisi, Italy, San Francisco's sister city and St. Francis' birthplace, to celebrate
the Feast of St. Francis with the Assisians.
San Francisco has a long connection to the Franciscans--of course the early Spanish Franciscan
missionaries named the mission after St. Francis, just as they named many other missions
in the West that would eventually become great cities. Los Angeles, for another example,
is named after Our Lady of Angels, to whom St. Francis had a special devotion.
In recent years Friar Floyd has conducted a large,
public blessing of the animals at St. Boniface parish, San Francisco, on or near
the Feast of St. Francis, which is October 4. In fact, animal blessings occur in many
places in the spirit of St. Francis at this time of year.
Friar Jack has been writing about the spiritual reasons for pet blessings in his monthly
e-newsletter column in Friar Jack's E-spirations. We invite you to read his recent
columns and learn about the beautiful vision of St. Francis of Assisi that is behind Friar
Jack's writing, and his new children's book. And, we invite you to sign up to receive Friar
Jack's E-spirations each month by e-mail.
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Jack Muses About Pet Blessings
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St. Francis of Assisi:
Lover of All Creation
(Includes national listing of pet blessing ceremonies)