international day of peace initiative

international day of peace initiative

On September 21, the United Nations annually invites all nations & people to honor a cessation of hostilities and to commemorate the International Day of Peace, through education and public awareness, on issues related to peace. 

On Peace Day 2013, the Spiritual Directors of the Greater Lehigh Valley and the School Sisters of St. Francis began a tradition of joining with other communities across the globe in organizing events to commemorate the International Day of Peace. This event was a three-day Peace Pilgrimage that included two evenings of films on Forgiveness followed by discussion and communal prayer and a day of walking the prayer paths at St Francis, live streaming of world-wide Peace Day Celebrations, and culminating with a community prayer ritual on the banks of the Monocacy.  

 

On Peace Day 2014 and 2015 we continued the tradition with Peace Day Pilgrimages and community prayer gatherings for Peace.  We also encouragied everyone to collect foods to fill the Valley’s food banks because in the words of Gene White: “Peace begins when the hungry are fed. . .”

 

Our goal is to have the whole Lehigh Valley joining together to observe the International Day of Peace! We are calling it INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE LEHIGH VALLEY!  Will you help?

  • Spread the word! Visit the Peace Day website and make others aware of what it is.

  • Encourage everyone you know to do something simple like lighting a candle or meditating on peace.

  • Organize a communal remembrance of the day at your church, school, home or workplace and let us know about it so we can post all the events on our Facebook page.