FMS Staff, Return Missioners, Missioners in Formation, friends and neighbors gathered on August 28, 2010 to celebrate our annual Peace Pole Planting. The service took place in front of our home site in D.C., Casa San Salvador, amidst a group of reflective and thoughtful individuals who offered up their prayers for peace, prayers for our missioners who have committed their lives to bridging communities and bringing consolation and love to those who have experienced suffering because of war and violence.
The ceremony began with an introduction of what a peace pole represented, followed a prayer during which “May Peace Prevail on Earth” was said in eight different languages including, Thai, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Swahili, English, Tagalog, and Arabic. Then we recited the prayer of St. Francis in honor of missioners serving overseas.
Following the ceremony everyone shared conversation and stories on the newly painted porch of Casa San Salvador while enjoying a vegetarian meal with plenty of hor d’oeurves, bean burgers, and desserts.