On Aug. 20, the day after U.S. reporter James Foley was beheaded, members from various area churches gathered at Holy Family to pray for peace in Iraq.
During the Peace Vigil participants were invited to pray for peace, believe in peace and create peace.
Sr. Elizabeth Amman, a Dominican sister, spoke about how members of her own order, living in Iraq, had been forced to flee from one place to another. The Dominican sisters were given three choices: to convert to Islam, to pay an exorbitant tax that would help fund ISIS, or to tell the bishops and the Chaldean Patriarch to leave with only the clothes on their backs.
The sisters chose to flee with only the clothes on their backs.
Emphasizing the fact that all major world religions pray for peace, the Vigil included prayers from a multitude of faith traditions. During the evening service each person lit a candle from the Holy Family Peace Candle as a sign of their commitment to bring and create peace in their own lives and to pray for peace throughout the world.
The service concluded with the moving Prayer for Peace written by the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Iraq.