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International Day of Peace 2018

Photo slideshow of Peace Vigil on September 21, 2018 at St. Scholastica Monastery.

Benedictines have a long tradition of being people of peace and the Benedictine Sisters of Chicago have observed the United Nation's International Day of Peace, September 21st, for the past few years. Last year you might remember Sister Benita Coffey, OSB, Social Justice Promoter, organized a "Silent Peace Walk" around the Monastery neighborhood. This year, marking the 70th anniversary of the UN's International Day of Peace, Sister Benita organized a Peace Vigil for Friday September 21st by the steps of St. Scholastica Monastery during sunset. Many Sisters and Oblates were in attendance as well as members of the 24th District of the Chicago Police Department and supportive neighbors. The Vigil included moments of song as well as scripture and the opportunity to get to know the person standing next to you. We are grateful to all who attended and for the continued prayers for peace.

"[When] I think of all the elements of Benedictine life, the one I consciously think of daily is “peace”. And when I notice myself not at my best, it is most often when I have failed to be at peace in some situation or am not at peace in some relationship," shares Sister Benita Coffey, OSB on the importance of peace.

During the Peace Vigil a Facebook LIVE video was recorded and is available on our Facebook Page.

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