Church has gone to the dogs!

  • Owners and pets at the Blessing of the Animals at the Unfinished Church in St George's (Photograph by Owain Johnston-Barnes)

    Owners and pets at the Blessing of the Animals at the Unfinished Church in St George's (Photograph by Owain Johnston-Barnes)

  • Owners and pets at the Blessing of the Animals at the Unfinished Church in St George's (Photograph by Owain Johnston-Barnes)

    Owners and pets at the Blessing of the Animals at the Unfinished Church in St George's (Photograph by Owain Johnston-Barnes)

  • Owners and pets at the Blessing of the Animals at the Unfinished Church in St George's (Photograph by Owain Johnston-Barnes)

    Owners and pets at the Blessing of the Animals at the Unfinished Church in St George's (Photograph by Owain Johnston-Barnes)

  • Owners and pets at the Blessing of the Animals at the Unfinished Church in St George's (Photograph by Owain Johnston-Barnes)

    Owners and pets at the Blessing of the Animals at the Unfinished Church in St George's (Photograph by Owain Johnston-Barnes)

  • Owners and pets at the Blessing of the Animals at the Unfinished Church in St George's (Photograph by Owain Johnston-Barnes)

    Owners and pets at the Blessing of the Animals at the Unfinished Church in St George's (Photograph by Owain Johnston-Barnes)

  • Owners and pets at the Blessing of the Animals at the Unfinished Church in St George's (Photograph by Owain Johnston-Barnes)

    Owners and pets at the Blessing of the Animals at the Unfinished Church in St George's (Photograph by Owain Johnston-Barnes)


The Unfinished Church in St George’s was filled with the sounds of hymns — and barking — on Sunday as owners brought their dogs to be blessed by an Anglican priest.

Reverend Tom Slawson, of St Peter’s Church in the Olde Towne, said the annual blessing has become a popular part of the Anglican Church calendar.

He said: “We always do it near St Francis Day on October 4. St Francis had a love of creation and nature which includes animals and, in the present day, pets.

“The first year I was here we had 20 to 25 animals to be blessed, but we were rained out last year and we had some rain the year before as well.

Mr Slawson added: “It’s almost always dogs. Even before I came to Bermuda, it was almost always dogs, but there have been the occasional odd ball ones like a guinea pig.”

Donations for the Bermuda Society for the Prevention of Animals were collected during the service, conducted by Mr Slawson and Reverend John Stow of the Anglican Cathedral in Hamilton.

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Published Oct 15, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated Oct 15, 2019 at 7:53 am)

Church has gone to the dogs!

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