Heartbroken dog attends daily Mass

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San Donaci
In San Donaci on the southeastern shore of Italy, Tommy faithfully goes to Mass every day at Santa Maria Assunta Church.
Tommy is a 7-year-old German Shepherd.
As recounted by Nick Pisa for the Daily Mail, Jan. 16, 2013, Tommy’s owner Maria Margherita Lochi, 57, had found the dog abandoned in some fields close to her home. Lochi had rescued several strays over the years, but she developed a special bond with Tommy.
Every day, Lochi and Tommy would walk to church from their home. The priest would allow the dog to come in and sit at his mistress’ feet during Mass.
Two months ago, Lochi passed away. A funeral service was held, attended by human mourners and Tommy. Since then, the German Shepherd has been a regular at the church every day, arriving on time when the bells ring out to mark the start of services.
Father Donato Panna, who recently lost his own dog, said about Tommy: ”He’s there every time I celebrate Mass and is very well behaved – he doesn’t make a sound, I’ve not heard one bark from him in all the time he has been coming in.
He used to come to Mass with Maria and he was obviously devoted to her – I let him stay inside as he was always so well behaved and none of the other parishoners ever complained to me.
He’s still coming to Mass even after Maria’s funeral, he waits patiently by the side of the altar and just sits there quietly. I didn’t have the heart to throw him out – I’ve just recently lost my own dog so I leave him there until Mass finishes and then I let him out.
Tommy’s been adopted by everyone in the village now and he is everybody’s friend. Everyone looks out for him and leaves food for him – although it would be nice to find a proper home for him.”
Can’t something be done about finding a permanent home for this faithful dog? If Tommy were in the United States, there would be HUNDREDS of people wanting to adopt him.
Here’s the contact info for Santa Maria Assunta Church in San Donaci, Italy:

Parrocchia S. Maria Assunta
1 Via Fabio Filzi
San Donaci, BR 72025
Phone: +39 0831 635104

Please say a prayer for Tommy, one of God’s little creatures, that he finds a kind and loving permanent home.
H/t Spirit Daily and FOTM’s igor

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0 responses to “Heartbroken dog attends daily Mass

  1. I think Tommy already has a home at the church. His daily routine must be comforting to him and to tear him away from what’s familiar would be, in my humble opinion, be cruel. If adopted and removed from the sights and smells of San Donaci, do you think Tommy would be any happier? Perhaps God, in his wisdom, has sent Father Panna a special gift, one that could benefit both of them. It is a very special story of love and devotion.

  2. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this most precious post. Tommy is holy and he knows Jesus is present, His body, blood, soul and divinity. I will pray for this dog. I think Father Panna should adopt him; that way he would not be away from his home.
    I have a little rough and tumble kitty cat that I feed named, “Tommy Boy.” He comes and eats at my house and then lives outdoor. He is a true Tom Cat. Please, everybody pray for his safety too! Thank you!

    • I don’t know why Fr. Panna hadn’t made the connection: He said he had just lost his dog! Fr. Panna is the perfect person to adopt Tommy. This way Tommy will be Santa Maria Assunta Church’s official dog and usher! 😀

  3. Would adopt him in one single heartbeat. Our dog just had a seizure, first one and this was a very special post for me. Dogs are the purest expression of love given and innocence expressed. God blessed us with dogs and this dog has the hand of the Lord upon him.
    My dog and I are so bonded, thank you Dr. Eowyn, thank you for this post.

    • Hi,
      I just read your post that mentioned about your dog having seizures. I came across a website about a ‘dog doc’ that claims that he can cure seizures in dogs by putting them on a gluten free diet. I have seen bags of dog food that say ‘gluten-free.’. Just thought I’d share that info w you in case you want to try.

  4. Read this yesterday in the DM, and the pictures of this grief-stricken dog nearly had me in tears. While I’m glad the town has embraced the forlorn animal and is caring for his physical needs, I can’t fathom why he hasn’t been formally “taken in” yet (especially with the priest just losing his own dog — seems like a natural fit, no?) A comment poster claiming to be Maria’s son directed people to two Facebook addresses for further info, but both are in Italian and one is the deceased womans’ page (which I don’t think she’ll be updating any time soon x&) I used an on-line translator for the active page, but got little new information. If anyone comes up with news on “Tommy” (or Ciccio, according to some posts), would you please post it on this thread? I’d like to know if this sorrowing, gentle creature finally receives the “forever home” he deserves.”

  5. Sweet doggie…

  6. I love this story

  7. Great post, Dr. Eowyn. So truly heartwarming. I wonder where Tommy goes when not at the church ? I would bet he would be at the home he shared with Maria -.

  8. I wish I could have this Adorable German Shephard. He won my heart.

  9. and this dog knows latin pretty smart dog

  10. this story redeams my faith, i love him and i want him. if he is in need of a family i would come get him and love him. please let me know.

    • Bless you, judy, for your big heart. I don’t know any more about this dog beyond what I’d written in this post. That’s why I found the church’s address and phone number. If you speak Italian or know someone who does, I suggest you give them a phone call!


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