Day of Peace celebration in Clinton


CLINTON – The United Nations International Day of Peace will be celebrated Sept. 21 at The Canticle, home of the Clinton Franciscans, with a Prayer Vigil for Peace Retreat. The retreat begins with prayer and drumming by the Arboretum Drumming Circle at 8 a.m.
Clinton Franciscan Sisters Joan Theiss and Teresa Kunkel will lead prayer at 8:45 am.
At 10 a.m., the Rev. Peter Sickles, pastor of Christ Episcopal Church, Clinton, will offer a reflection and lead prayer. Father Richard Okumo, pastor of Church of the Visitation, Camanche, will preside at eucharistic liturgy  at 11 am. The noon prayer will be “The Celtic Path to Peace.”
Sister Maureen Becker will offer a reflection on “Peace Through Healing” at 1 p.m. At 1:45 p.m., Sister Michael Marie Burns will explore how St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi lived lives of nonviolence and peacemaking.
Sister Mary Smith and Sister Hilary Mullany will lead a reflection on Mahatma Gandhi at 3 p.m., following by the Rev. Scott Nesbitt of First United Presbyterian Church, Clinton, who will address “Praying for Peace.”
Participants are welcome to come for all or part of the day. Those who plan to stay for the noon meal are asked to make a reservation by calling Sisters of St. Francis, (563) 242-7611. There is no charge to participate.

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