by Sr. Rosemary Russell // Part of the Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions
The evening of September 19 was very peaceful. Gathered in the St. Joseph Chapel, O’Fallon, MO were Sisters of the Most Precious Blood, their Partners in Mission (Lay Associates), Assumption Parish 7th Grade PSR students, and friends who had all gathered to pray for peace in our world commemorating the International Day of Peace. Joining with the “Pace e Bene” (Peace and All Good) Campaign Nonviolence, the Precious Blood Community sang and prayed to end war, violence, poverty, racism, injustice to immigrants and refugees, and environmental destruction. Honored participants included Pastor, Fr. Mitch Doyen from Assumption Parish and O’Fallon Police Chief Roy Joachimstaler. The prayer service began with a welcome and introduction, readings and prayers in St. Joseph Chapel. Those who were able to weather the heat and do a lot of walking formed a pilgrimage following the Peace Pole, which proclaims in four languages “May Peace Prevail on Earth,” to various spaces of grace around the property including grottos, Ellie’s garden, cemetery, 911 memorial and entrance to city hall. Moments of silence were observed following prayers and songs for peace and justice at each location. Those unable to make the outside pilgrimage continued inside the chapel with a pilgrimage of photos of each of the locations of grace.
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