World Day of Prayer for Peace

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Pilgrims of Truth, Pilgrims of Peace

Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the original event called by Pope John Paul II in 1986, Alvernia University is hosting a regional World Day of Prayer for Peace celebration on Thursday, Oct. 27. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature congregations, denominations and representatives from a broad array of faiths including: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, non-theistic traditions, and others. It coincides with a global event being hosted by Pope Benedict in Assisi, Italy. The entire day of events will take place on Alvernia’s main campus.


Schedule of events:

  • Opening session & inter-faith prayer service
    2:30 - 3:45 p.m., Student Center (new location)

  • “Prayer: A Pathway to Peace & Justice,” a lecture by Rabbi Hirsch and Bishop Hanifen from the Center for Christian-Jewish Dialogue in Colorado Springs
    4 ­- 5:15 p.m., Bernardine Hall Lecture Hall

  • Concluding prayer with a multicultural dinner
    5:30 p.m., Student Center

The event will feature leaders of from many areas of the interfaith community, including the Islamic Center of Reading, the Reform Congregation Oheb Sholom, Reading Berks Conference of Churches, and the Interfaith Non-Demoniational Spiritual Ministry. All religious denominations are encouraged to attend.

Start Date: 10/27/2011 3:30 pm
End Date: 10/27/2011 8:00 pm
Location: Various Sites on Campus
Price: No Charge
Sponsor: Campus Ministry, Holleran Center, Mission Office
  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.

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