Campus Ministry hosted a prayer for peace for the community on the steps of Sacred Heart Chapel on Jan. 16, 2020.
Students and community members of all religious backgrounds were invited to pray together and remember to work against the violence occurring in the world.
"The frightening events of violence that have been visited upon God’s people this past week inspire us to strive for peace," wrote John Flaherty, associate director of Campus Ministry, in an email to students. "The lives that are lost every day in any one of the more than 40 armed conflicts in the world happening right now move us to pray for peace ... We will strive, work, move and pray for peace."
Speakers included religious leaders of different backgrounds and student speakers. At the end of the event, community members were encouraged to share signs of peace with each other, a common practice after prayer.
"We wanted to make sure this was interfaith ... we look for the broadest representation that is our community here," said Flaherty.
Cristina Pedler, a sophomore international relations major, spoke at the event about the importance of ending violence in the world.
"All violence stems from small misunderstandings ... we have to learn to better understand each other," said Pedler in her speech.
Flaherty said that while this is not the first prayer for peace that Campus Ministry has organized, the community felt as though the prayer was needed for such violent events occurring in the past few weeks around the world.
Flaherty left with some advice for students. "I just want to encourage students to keep an eye on the world ... the more that you get to know the people from across the world, the harder conflict is to [make happen]."