On Thursday, September 21, 2023, the Ursuline community held a prayer service for peace. The Religious Studies department, chaired by Brian Cruger, organized the event to commemorate the International Day of Peace, drawing attention to the individual and the collective responsibility to foster peace, harmony, and tolerance.
Students, faculty, and staff gathered on the lawn by the Peace Pole to pray and reflect on our role in creating a more peaceful world. It’s a longstanding tradition at the school, whose Core Values include Respect for All, Serviam & Social Justice, and Global Citizenship.
First established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1981, the annual event is widely recognized as a period of non-violence and cease-fire. This year's theme, "Recovering Better for an Equitable and Sustainable World," underscores the importance of ending conflicts and building a fair, inclusive, and sustainable world for future generations.
In his opening remarks, Cruger reminded students that peace is an active choice that requires a collective effort. "On this International Day of Peace," he continued, "let us each pledge to be a beacon of hope and change. Let us spread the message of peace in our homes, our schools, our workplaces, and our communities. Let us be the peacemakers, the problem solvers, and the builders of a better world."
Each year, on September 21, The Ursuline School marks this special day by participating in Pinwheels for Peace. This art installation began in Florida in 2005 and has grown into a global movement. Ursuline art teacher Ms. Pat DiIorio has guided this artistic movement at Ursuline over the years. Art students enjoy creating colorful pinwheels with written messages about harmony and tolerance to help express their feelings about the state of peace in our world.
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