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.