St. Paul’s strives to be not only the Cathedral for The Episcopal Diocese of Western New York but for all who work, live and play in Buffalo and the region. The Cathedral offers a safe, secure and non-judgmental setting for non-profit groups, civic and social organizations and others looking for a venue where important issues confronting the region and nation can be discussed, analyzed and acted upon. The building at the corner of Church and Pearl in downtown Buffalo was designed by Richard Upjohn and was considered Buffalo’s first national architectural landmark in 1851. It is classified as a National Historic Landmark. St. Paul’s is now the permanent site for “Homeless Jesus,” a sculpture installed in 2015 that attracts area residents as well as visitors from across the nation.
A short service in the Cathedral at 10:00 am followed by the Blessing of the Animals in Cathedral Park until 11:30 am. There will be treats for the pets as well as cider and other autumn goodies. The public is welcome to attend this fun event with their pets. St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral is located at 139 Pearl Street, Buffalo.
A new addition to the “Blessing of the Animals” this year will be the Buffalo Animal Shelter. Buffalo Animal Shelter volunteers will bring adoptable pets from their not-for-profit shelter which is located at 380 Oak St, Buffalo, NY 14203.
Blessing of animals or pets has become synonymous with the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, which is celebrated by Christians on or around October 4th. St. Francis was the founder of the Franciscan Order and is associated with patronage of animals and the environment.