By Crystal Catalan,
Assistant Director of Community Involvement
Pope Francis shared, “The Church needs us also to be peacemakers, building peace by our words, our hopes and our prayers.” In response, the students who attended the Ignatian Family Teach-In in Washington D.C. this past November, recently hosted a prayer service entitled, “A New Year’s Prayer: Peace, Compassion and Hope in Community.” Inspired by activists at the conference who were dedicated to issues of immigration, environmental justice, and U.S. policy with Central America, this group of students shared their passions for peace and justice with all those in attendance that evening.
This prayer service addressed areas in need of peace and reconciliation in the local and global community. It also invited attendees to write letters to their local representatives on behalf of comprehensive immigration reform.
The prayer service concluded with fair-trade organic hot cocoa, distributed by Equal Exchange. Thank you to the Fair Trade members of the Global Solidarity Team of the Diocese of San Jose for providing the hot cocoa!