CLINTON — On Friday, the International Day of Peace Vigil will be observed by thousands of religious and spiritual communities in churches, temples, mosques, public parks and private homes around the globe in support of the United Nations’ International Day of Peace and global ceasefire.

The Sisters of St. Francis will once again join in the observance with a 24-hour prayer vigil in the chapel at The Canticle, their home in Clinton, 841 13th Ave. North.

The 24-hour vigil is observed in countless ways in 192 nations. The vigil at The Canticle will be from midnight through midnight Friday with constant prayer presence in the chapel, according to Sister Mary Luke Sondgeroth who coordinates the program for the Clinton Franciscan “Center” of Active Nonviolence.

Sister Luke and Sister Rosalie Noder have invited all the faith communities in the Clinton-Camanche area to join in the vigil. Among the special activities at The Canticle will be the Arboretum Drumming Circle, a Mass for Peace at 9 a.m., and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 3:45 p.m., followed by evening prayer at 4:30 p.m. The L‚Arche Community of Clinton will lead prayer in the chapel from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

“The doors to The Canticle will be open from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. on the 21st,” said Sister Luke

Anyone wishing to come between midnight and 6 a.m. or between 9 p.m. and midnight, is asked to call The Canticle, 242-7903, and ask for Sister Mary Luke Sondgeroth, ext. 2483, by Thursday to make special arrangements.

The Clinton Franciscans, through their “Center” of Active Nonviolence, have been observing the day of prayer for peace since 2001. In 1981, the United Nations General Assembly established the International Day of Peace, but it was not until 2001 that the GA modified the resolution and fixed Sept. 21 as the annual date of the IDP.

“The intention of the IDP is to have the entire world observe a full day of global ceasefire and nonviolence,” explained Sister Mary Luke. “The potential impact is enormous as individuals, communities and countries in conflict lay down their arms and their grievances and share a full day of peace. This is the vision behind the UN resolution: “Building peace one person at a time, one day at a time.”

Last year, the IDP Vigil Web site at www.idpvigil.com listed more than 350 community spiritual observations in more than 60 countries. One mass meditation in Sri Lanka involved more than 300,000 people including the prime minister and opposition leaders. The goal for this year is to have all 192 Nation States participating in the IDP with an emphasis on countries experiencing violent conflict.

“By committing to conduct a spiritual observation and by promulgating the vigil idea among groups in our communities and across the globe, we can all personally support this worldwide vision for peace,” explained Sister Mary Luke.

For more information, call the Sisters of St. Francis at 242-7611.##

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