Sisters set special public prayer service on Sunday, July 17

July 8, 2016 by

Sisters of St. Joseph in Concordia will support an effort in “the power of love” Sunday (July 17) as the Republican National Convention begins in Cleveland.

The public is invited to join the Sisters in a special prayer service from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Sacred Heart Chapel at the Nazareth Motherhouse, timed in conjunction with an event called “Circle the City with Love.”

The Motherhouse service will expand the theme to “Circle the Nation with Love,” taking in both national divisiveness from the upcoming Republican and Democratic political conventions and the recent violence across the country. Everyone is invited to the interfaith service, said Sister Marilyn Wall, “to heighten awareness and to give people something constructive to do in the face of strife and violence in the nation right now.”

The Circle the City with Love campaign in Cleveland — where delegates will begin arriving Sunday for the Republican National Convention July 18-21 — originated with Sister Rita Petruziello, a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph who lives and serves in Cleveland.

As the city braces for political protests and the potential of violence, Sister Rita began to organize “a peaceful event to demonstrate the unifying and transformative power of love in the world.”

Cleveland’s Circle the City with Love will be “a non-partisan, no-labels, no-issue participatory event” supported by numerous of faith-based and civic communities, she said.

Thousands of Cleveland area citizens are expected to take part, holding hands and standing in silence for 30 minutes on the Hope Memorial Bridge, which unites Cleveland’s east and west sides.

“By standing in unity and intentional silence, we will embody the power of love that brings peace and justice to our city, our country and our world at this important moment in our city’s history,” Sister Rita said.

Cleveland’s organizers called upon other groups and individuals around the country to take part to generate “national positivity,” which spurred the Concordia Sisters’ Leadership Council to schedule the special service on Sunday.

“We want to stand with the people from across the country to show that love and respect are possible, even where there are differences,” Sister Marilyn said.

Parking is available in the east lot at the Nazareth Motherhouse, 1300 Washington St., with entry through the east door.

 

 

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