Sabbath Weekend 2014

March 15, 2014

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Neumann University students participate in the Mini Sabbath at Our lady of Angels Chapel in Aston, while  memorializing 32 men, women and children who were victims of gun violence in 2013, Delaware County.

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Maria Orlandini, OSF, Activities Coordinator at Anna’s Place, a Franciscan Hospitality Center in  Chester, lights candles while Sr. Jean Rupertus, OSF reads the names of each victim of violence.

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Marie Lucey, OSF ,  Director of Advocacy and Member Relations for Franciscan Action Network (FAN) offers a reflection on “the last supper discourse, John 14:27” calling us to  ACT  to Disarm ourselves of weapons and work for peace.

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Bryan Miller, Executive Director, Heeding God’s Call , informed participants of the mission of the faith-based movement to prevent gun violence.  He called us to ACTION to end violence, trauma and despair.

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Movita Johnson-Harrell, Chair of the Charles Foundation and Board Member of Heeding God’s Call shared her pain of missing her son, Charles, who was a victim of gun violence.  She has turned her anger into a commitment to end gun violence in our cities and transform them into cities of peace.

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Sr. Maria leads the participants in taking a pledge to “educate, organize, advocate
and work for the day when guns and weapons of destruction are transformed into
instruments of healing.”

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Rev. David Townsend, member of Anna’s Place Center, memorialized his son, Anthony who was a victim of gun violence.

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Leaders of the Mini Sabbath and the congregation raise their hands in Blessing around
the memorial for victims of gun violence.

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LET US REMEMBER THE MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN, who are our families, friends AND neighbors, VICTIMS OF GUN VIOLENCE WHOSE SHOES WILL NEVER BE FILLED.

 

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