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Blessings of the bikes at Notre Dame

By WSBT-TV Report
Published On: Oct 04 2013 08:13:21 PM CDT

The Feast of St. Francis was celebrated at Notre Dame on Friday by what's called the "blessing of bikes."


Notre Dame celebrated the Feast of Saint Francis on Friday by blessing bikes.

Saint Francis is the patron saint of the environment, so the university held a special Mass and blessed bikes that people brought to the South Quad.

Parents used this as a way to teach their kids about Saint Francis.

"He was a big proponent of nature and God's creations and keeping our Earth beautiful," said Christine Green. "By using our bikes, that's one way we're definitely keeping less of a footprint on the Earth. So, we try to do that. And it's a great way for the kids to understand a little more about Saint Francis and his mission and again keeping God's Earth beautiful."

Notre Dame's Feast of Saint Francis program started in 2010 after the university held a conference on sustainability in 2009.