St. Francis Day in a Box!

Continue in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi and deepen your celebrations with our multimedia kit


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St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals, is celebrated worldwide on October 4. Faith communities hold pet blessings and similar events throughout autumn to honor the saint’s devotion to God's creations.

The materials in our free St. Francis Day in a Box kit will promote small group discussions, Sunday school projects, and more.

"We're excited to highlight two outstanding books from two HSUS Faith Advisory Council members among the variety of resources in the 'box’ this year,” said Christine Gutleben, senior director of The HSUS Faith Outreach program. "St. Francis Day can be the start of a conversation about the care of creation. It is a good time to look at our responsibilities toward animals and take steps to make a difference in our communities.”


Your Free St. Francis Day in a Box includes:

  • A 30-percent coupon for “A Dog’s History of the World—Canines and the Domestication of Humans,” by Laura Hobgood-Oster, (Baylor Press, 2014)
  • A 20-percent coupon for “Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More—Poet, Reformer and Abolitionist” by Karen Swallow Prior, (Harper Collins, 2014)
  • "A Prayer for Animals": Prayer card by Joan Chittister, O.S.B. Benetvision
  • Fill the Bowl kit: The HSUS pet-food collection promotion kit designed to help families and animal shelters in your community
  • "Eating Mercifully": An HSUS documentary on DVD with new questions for reflection by Dr. Norman Wirzba of Duke Divinity School
  • HSUS Faith Outreach book selection--Enjoy one of our favorite titles from one of our favorite authors!
  • KIND News: The HSUS magazine about animals for school-aged children up to grade 6
  • Ideas online: Humane Backyard: Celebrate wildlife right outside your door with seasonal projects. St. Francis would approve!
  • Ideas online: Watch "A Pig's Tail" with your children’s group and get the curriculum. This animated film is made possible by a generous grant from the Steven C. Leuthold Family Foundation.

Order your free kit today!

This special celebration toolkit is free, but it's only available for a limited time. Whether you are planning a special service for St. Francis Sunday, a pet blessing ceremony, or other event, the St. Francis Day in a Box is sure to help engage and inspire your community in the care of God's creation.

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