I have a little tradition going. When I was Principal at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, we had”Peace on Earth” as our religious theme in 2004. Two of my teacher friends on our School Leadership Team asked me if we could get a Peace Pole. At the time, I had no idea what a Peace Pole was. But I said “sure!” All that school year, we processed in and out of our weekly school Mass with the Peace Pole (we also bought a metal stand) and at the end of the year, we had a lovely Peace Pole planting ceremony. I quickly found that it was my favorite thing — I saw the Peace Pole every morning as I came in and every evening as I left. So when I retired in 2011, the faculty wanted me to have my own Peace Pole. And so I got it that summer and I love it. My School Leadership Team members came to my house for brunch and a blessing ceremony and we planted the Peace Pole. I now have a little garden around it. Since then, two other teachers have retired. I gave each of them a desktop Peace Pole for their retirement gift. A third retires next week. What else could I get her?
Thank you again.
May Peace Prevail On Earth!