September 8, 2016, Detroit, Michigan – People of all faiths and cultures are invited to a prayer service to observe the International Day of Prayer for Peace. The service begins at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at the Capuchins’ St. Bonaventure Monastery Chapel, 1780 Mount Elliott, Detroit. Security and lighted parking will be available.
Sponsored by the Capuchin ministries – including the Capuchin Soup Kitchen and the Solanus Casey Center – the event focuses on the theme, “Let Peace Begin with Me.” Capuchin Friar Ray Stadmeyer, pastor of St. Charles Church in Detroit and director of the Capuchins’ On the Rise Bakery, will be the featured speaker. The Capuchin Soup Kitchen Choir and the Dearing Dancers will perform at the program, which includes international prayers for peace.
“We gather to speak of peace and so much more,” Brother Ray explained. “We gather hoping our hearts can change and surrender to a force greater than our need to control, judge, hate, fight, and exclude. We come together, begging the God of all creation to allow us to see in one another and in all creation the spark of the Divine.”
All participants will be invited to make a commitment to work for peace in some way during the coming three months.
August 11, 2016, Detroit – In her recent blog, Sister Nancyann Turner, OP, describes her reaction to the gradual loss of houses in Detroit neighborhoods – and to the key role that houses play for the people of Detroit. After reflecting on the families who had once occupied some of the now-empty homes, she concludes with a heart-felt prayer that “more and more new and old houses in Detroit will become homes…homes with heart, with beauty, with gardens, with children.” Sister Nancyann ministers with children and youth in inner-city Detroit as program director of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen’s Rosa Parks Children and Youth Program. Read her blog.
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