Ashby Ponds Holds Annual Blessing of the Animals

October 10, 2013

In recognition of the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi (October 4), Ashby Ponds held its annual "Blessing of the Animals" for resident pets on Wednesday, October 9.  Reverend Matt Sergent of Galilee United Methodist in Sterling presided over the ceremony where he blessed more than a dozen dogs who live at Ashby Ponds.  Almost 100 cats and dogs, and even some turtles, now reside among the more than 725 residents at Ashby Ponds.
About Ashby Ponds: Ashby Ponds, one of 16 retirement communities managed by Erickson Living, is situated on a scenic 132-acre campus in Ashburn, Virginia (approximately 30 miles west of Washington, D.C.). The community is home to over 725 residents and has over 120 resident-run and resident-driven clubs and groups, an indoor pool, a fitness club, transportation services, 24-hour security, and flexible dining options. More information about Ashby Ponds can be found at