101 Days of Prayer
for Peace in Sudan
Kelsey Klarman '11
Seniors Katie Secret and Sophie
Heitmiller brought the lit candle from the Peace Pole Service to rm. 224 to
serve as a reminder
'101 Days of Prayer for
Peace in Sudan'.
The following is a call put
out by Sr. Cathy Arata, SSND (who is in Southern Sudan) to the people of her
area to work towards
Peace from September 21, 2010
to January 9, 2011.
Below that please refer to
the Catholic Relief Services link which shows how WE can help.
101 Days of Prayer
Peaceful Referendum in
CHANGE YOUR HEART
CHANGE THE WORLD
SUGGESTED AND RECOMMENDED THEME FOR THE
101 DAYS FOR PEACE IN SUDAN
September 21st is the
International Day of Peace and January 1st is World Day of Peace. Between
those two dates are 101 days. Making these hundred and one days
particularly significant this year is Sudan’s referendum vote which will be
held shortly thereafter, on January 11, 2011.
In looking ahead
toward that referendum, we can anticipate a time of increasingly heightened
anxiety as Southern Sudan prepares to make an enormously important
decision. It is likely that campaigns will be activated, organizations will
be mobilized, debates will be energized and that increasing scrutiny will be
given to this decision.
Diverse opinion and
spirited discussions of controversial topics are healthy in a society as
long as they are held in a peaceful manner. As a post-conflict country with
a long history of war, however, Sudan’s familiarity with peace is quite
And so, the confluence
of International Day of Peace and the World Day of Peace invites us to
initiate a campaign of prayer and activities for peace during the 101 days
between September 21, 2010 and January 1, 2011. It will be an important
time to teach people how to be peace-builders, reinforce the importance of
peace in our communities, prepare for the referendum by praying for peace,
and to deepen each one’s commitment to becoming an advocate for peace.
You are invited to
become part of this experience by sponsoring a peace-building activity in
your local area. Please consider sponsoring Diocesan days of prayer and
fasting for peace, peace walks from one village to another, promoting
inter-faith dialogue with our Muslim brothers and sisters on the topic of
peace, or some other activity which instructs and celebrates peace.
To assist, a calendar
will be printed of the 101 activities being sponsored throughout the country
during the 101 days of the campaign. Multi-religion prayer cards, calendars
and other support materials will be made available. This national campaign
will focus mainly on pastoral – sports and cultural – media – educational
Southern Sudan (SSS) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) have
teamed together to launch this important campaign. Other organizations and
funding agencies are welcomed to partner with us in this important
initiative which underscores the importance of peace and creates a peaceful
society in transitional times.
Please join us by sponsoring an activity in support of the 101 Days of
Prayer towards a Peaceful referendum in Sudan. .
of peace activities to be promoted during this campaign:
Christ the King Feast –
November 21: special Youth Day for Peace;
Novena for Peace in each
Parish (Dec 8)
SPORTS & CULTURAL
Youth contests: compose
a song; prayer, etc.
Walk for peace!
Pre-recorded messages of
Organize competition or
contest to compose: songs, prayers, etc.
posters, poems, songs, prayers;
NB: These are only
sample activities. Suggestions are welcome.
Cathy Arata, Solidarity with Southern Sudan (located next to CRS near Palica)
firstname.lastname@example.org phone: 09-553-145-18