St. Angela reminded her company of women, "Thus, from the great need we have of divine aid, we must pray always with mind and heart."
After the recent attack at the home of a Jewish family in Monsey, New York, Cardinal Dolan urged that "all people come together in a spirit of unity to reject such hatred and bigotry wherever it occurs." The increased violence in the Middle East is further reason to affirm our commitment of goodwill toward all. We also want to pray for the people of Australia, that the wildfires will cease and that there will be no further destruction and loss of life.
As a sign of our unity with those of all faiths, our Campus Minister, Sr. Pat Schifini, prepared an ecumenical prayer service. We gathered on January 7, 2020 in the Ursuline Province Center Chapel to pray for peace. We were pleased that Jess Lorden, Executive Director of Congregation Kol Ami, was able to join us.
We sang songs of peace and lit the Christ candle to remind us that Jesus is our Light who guides our feet in the way of peace. Our formal prayers included a Jewish and an Islamic prayer for peace as well as the Universal Prayer for Peace and words from Pope Francis.
In a simple and beautiful candle lighting ritual, we lit candles for peace, courage, hope and peace makers. We know that we were joined in spirit by many in our Ursuline community who are also praying for peace. We offer a download of our Prayer Service HERE.