Siena Commemorates Francis Feast With Radio Interviews, Animal Blessings

Janet Gianopoulos Around the Province

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. — Siena College’s week-long celebration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi will conclude Saturday Oct. 7 with an interview on WVCR-FM with Franciscan historian Dominic Monti. He will speak about the 800th anniversary of the beginnings of St. Francis of Assisi’s movement, the original inspiration, and the role of Franciscan men and women today.

Host Kevin Mackin will discuss Siena’s unique service-oriented pre-med program marking 20 years this month.

Kevin made the rounds for Siena College’s blessing of animals, kicking off a week of events planned by Bill Beaudin, college chaplain, for the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.

A dinner at the friary preceded the Oct. 3 Transitus in St. Mary of the Angels Chapel. The New York Catholic Chorale provided musical inspiration.

A festive liturgy at noon in the Sarazen Student Union on Wednesday, Oct. 4 was followed by a reception. That evening, fireworks lit the sky over the college. 

To listen to the radio interviews, tune in to News & Views, Saturday, Oct. 7 at 9 a.m. Eastern time, on WVCR FM 88.3 The Saint, which is simulcast on the Internet at