Candlelight Vigil for the Earth

Candlelight Vigil for the Earth

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie were one of 15 organizations who participated in an interfaith "Candlelight Vigil for the Earth" on October 4 at Perry Square in downtown Erie. The date marked the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron of environment, and also the ending of Season of Creation, a period of international prayer for the earth.

Young people from the Neighborhood Art House's Gaia Youth United invited all participants to make a commitment as part of the service:
Recognizing that limiting climate crisis will require transformational change, we commit to listening and to responding with action to both the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor. We commit to advocating to our leaders for urgent and radical change at the local, national, and international levels.

The half-hour vigil included song, readings, poetry, and prayer. Faith leaders representing the Jewish, Buddhist, Islamic, and Christian communities contributed along with local university students. Sister Anne McCarthy, Benedictines for Peace Coordinator, was one of the organizers.

Participants left with a list of ways to get involved:
Interfaith Power and Light
Laudato Sí Movement

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