Sunday, September 21st, 2014
In observance of the United Nations’ International Day of Peace worldwide, the public is invited to a local observance at St. Patrick/St. Anthony Parish in Grand Haven to join in the dedication of a hand-crafted Peace Pole.
“Pope Francis has asked all people to observe the International Day of Peace no matter whether they attend church or not, and we welcome anyone who is interested to join us as we dedicate this long-lasting monument to peace,” said Sally Moser, an International Day of Peace event organizer for the Grand Haven parish.
Parishioner Bud Lothschutz has hand-crafted the Peace Pole, which will remain on view in its outside location in perpetuity at the parish.
“We hope that, as people pass by the Peace Pole, it will inspire them to pray for the world — as we feel the world is in great need of prayer at this time in history,” Moser said.
“Our Peace Pole is unique, in that it represents the countries of our St. Patrick/St. Anthony Parish ministries,” Moser said. “We have the English language for our parishioners, French to honor our sister parish in Haiti, Spanish to honor our various Spanish ministries, and Nepali to honor our Bhutanese refugee families who have resettled in Grand Haven and sponsored by our church, in partnership with Bethany Christian Services.”