The event began with a welcome from Director of Philanthropy Phil Zielinski and Fr. Scott Donahue, who both thanked the attendees for coming to the event. Fr. Scott then passed the mic to our Vice President of Youth Programs Tom Gilardi, who introduced Pongo and shared a little bit about Pongo’s history and the important work he does with our kids at the Home. He also encouraged everyone there to stop by the Home again to learn more about our work with kids!
After Pongo’s official introduction, Matt Beran did a reading from Genesis, which included Genesis 1:25, which reads, “God made all kinds of wild animals, all kinds of cattle, and all kinds of creeping things of the earth. God saw how good it was.”
Fr. Scott shared then some history about St. Francis of Assisi with the group. St. Francis is the Patron Saint of Animals because of his love for all creatures. He even wrote a Canticle of the Creatures, which was an ode to God’s living things. “All praise to you, Oh Lord, for all these brother and sister creatures,” St. Francis wrote in the canticle.