Archive for February, 2009

Peace Pals International™ Art Exhibition Tour-Germany

Friday, February 27th, 2009

February 16, 2009


Dagmar Berkenberg of The World Peace Prayer Society, Munich office held a presentation about the Peace Pals™ program, among the staff and guests of the International Congregation of the Holy Vincent of Paul.

 One hundred of the 2008 Peace Pals International Art Exhibition drawings and paintings are now displayed within the corridors of the Waldsanatorium Krailling building.
Dagmar writes, “The happy paintings were received with much enthusiasm and applause!”

Next month the Art Tour will travel to the Ruhpolding; a hospital located in the Bavarian Alps.
Alten-und Pflegeheim Waldsanatorium bei Planegg

Sanatoriumstrasse 1,82152 Krailling-Germany 

Mother Superior Ebefana, Managing Director Mrs. Hettmer & Staff,(left) Dagmar Berkenberg with daughter Laura

Mother Superior Ebefana, Managing Director Mrs. Hettmer & Staff,(left) Dagmar Berkenberg with daughter Laura


Peace Pole in Surfer’s Paradise –Australia

Friday, February 27th, 2009

February 17, 2009

Mr. Yashio Mochizuki of The Goi Peace Foundation in Tokyo, Japan and wife Junko were invited to plant a 4-sided Peace Pole at the prominent Water Mark Hotel Spa & Resort in Surfer’s Paradise on Gold Coast, Australia.

The Peace Message is displayed in English (on two sides), Aboriginal and fourth plate reads:

May Peace Prevail be in Australia

Left to Right:General Managers: Mr. Donald J. Cox & Ms. Kristy Marland, Junko and Yashio Mochizuki

Left to Right:General Managers: Mr. Donald J. Cox & Ms. Kristy Marland, Junko and Yashio Mochizuki

May Peace Prevail in our oceans and waters!

May Peace Prevail in our oceans and waters!

May Peace Prevail in the Animal Kingdom and Nature!

May Peace Prevail in the Animal Kingdom and Nature!

Peace Pole at the Mount Beacon Fine Art Gallery-NY-USA

Friday, February 27th, 2009

February 14, 2008

Beacon, NY – From January 7 – March 13, 2009, the Mount Beacon Fine Art Gallery is currently hosting the international traveling exhibit, Freedom & Art, a collaborative effort involving fifty-one artists from over twenty countries and six continents.  The exhibit falls under the umbrella of Mirca Art Group, an Internet-based coalition of artists from around the world whose mission is to raise awareness about Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, a key political figure who was placed under house arrest in Myanmar (formerly Burma) 19 years ago over her bid for political freedom.

 The following countries are represented in the Gallery’s Freedom & Art Exhibit: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Libya, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United State of America.

It was an amazing evening of culture and peace coming together with the message, “May Peace Prevail On Earth” displayed at the entrance of the gallery. A four-sided Peace Pole displays the    Peace Message in  English, Japanese, Burmese and one message plate reads:May Peace Prevail in the United States of America!

2008 Peace Pals™ International Art Exhibition Tour-USA

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

February 9, 2009

To the staff at The World Peace Sanctuary,

I thought you might like to see the children of Housatonic Child Care in Salisbury, Connecticut enjoying the 2008 Peace Pals™ International Art Exhibition. 

The drawings from the young children are the inspiration from the Peace Pals Art Exhibit after our discussion of Friendship week.  May Peace Prevail On Earth!

Cindy Snow

PS~The children send a big and LOUD Thank You!!




WPPS News from Munich-Germany

Thursday, February 12th, 2009
February 6, 2008 WPPS Flags serve as colorful backdrop for the Munich Peace Conference held in the Old Town Hall in Munich, Germany.The conference was well attended by citizens, the major and keynote speakers, such as Mr. Jacob von Uexküll, who initiated the “Right Livelihood Award” many hears ago, currently known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize.”Mini Peace Poles and other items were offered to the attendees to promote the message, May peace Prevail On Earth!

WPPS Peace Representative News: Masayo Shibamoto-Japan

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

December 20, 2008
Forty Japanese members of The World Peace Prayer Society gathered at the Soken-ji, a Buddhist Temple located in Kyoto, Japan for a Peace Pole Dedication and a World Peace Prayer and Flag Ceremony.
The World Peace Prayer and Flag Ceremony was held in the main room of this Temple and prayers for peace were offered to the Buddha. The message, May Peace Prevail On Earth, is inscribed on the Peace Pole in four languages:  Japanese, English, Sanskrit and Hindi

UCLA students dedicate campus Peace Pole-California-USA

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

January 23, 2009           

Showing solidarity in their commitment to peace within UCLA’s (University of California in Los Angeles) diverse campus community and throughout the world, UCLA students, along with Chancellor Gene Block, dedicated a “Peace Pole” at a campus ceremony at noon on Friday, Jan. 23rd. 

Students organized the dedication to show their collective support for peace and tolerance at a university that attracts students from diverse communities and nations around the world. Although several smaller universities in the United States have dedicated Peace Poles, UCLA will be the first prominent American University to do so.

In addition to brief remarks by Chancellor Block, Homaira Hosseini, president of UCLA’s Undergraduate Students Association Council, and Ben Moore, the student who initiated the idea, students read the Peace Pole inscriptions in 14 languages: English, Arabic, Hebrew, Farsi, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Spanish, Korean, Tagalog, Russian, Hindi, French, German and Japanese.








PEACE POLE from fallen Tree-Canada

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

July 26, 2008


When I arrived in Pierrefonds at our retreat house called l’Ermitage Sainte-Croix, I had a beautiful surprise waiting for me. There was a monument near the conference hall all covered up. Raymonde told me that this was the Peace Pole! I was quite excited indeed. The Peace Pole is a tree from our property that had fallen during a big storm. Using this tree took on a greater meaning for us.

The meeting held in Montreal from July 24 to July 26 2008 was the leadership of the Congregation: the General Council, the Regional animators, and the Coordinators of the regroupings.

On the 26th Kesta Occident, superior general, commissioned everyone present in their Apostolic Mission. This was followed by a procession leading to the site of the Peace Pole. The Peace Pole was unveiled and blessed. The ceremony was lead by Raymonde Maisonneuve, general assistant. She explained the meaning of the Peace Pole and how prominent it was in the world. The message ‘May Peace Prevail On Earth’ was written in thirteen languages.  Raymonde also stressed how this was part of our commitment to Non-Violence. Hymns, Readings and Prayers were done in French, English, Spanish and Creole. A good group of Sisters from Montreal joined us for this important ceremony.  This was followed by dancing and singing. A real celebration!

May Peace Prevail On Earth!   Madeleine Cloutier


WPPS Peace Representative News: Melvin Giles-USA

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009


I was looking at this photograph of last summer.  It was taken at a community gathering in the neighborhood’s (Aurora/St. Anthony) Peace Sanctuary Garden in Michigan.  The gathering was to highlight resident leadership in the community.  The photograph includes the Executive Director of Aurora/St. Anthony Community Development Corporation, the Summit-University’s District Council Director, and community members.  The kids were so drawn to the Peace Pole.  

Peaceful Thoughts!  May Peace Prevail On Earth!


Peace Pole at Mt. Beacon Fine Art Gallery-Beacon, NY-USA

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

January 7th to March 13th, 2008

Eileen Tiernan of Mount Beacon Fine Art Gallery, one of the many business owners who participated in the 2008 Peace Pals™ International Art Exhibition and Community Arts Week in Beacon, New York will host the work of over 50 artists from the Freedom and Art Project.  On February 14th, Ms. Tiernan will also host a panel discussion, featuring activists who have sought to raise awareness regarding the humanitarian and political conditions in Burma. 

The Peace Pole Project, of The World Peace Prayer Society at The World Peace Sanctuary in Wassaic, New York has crafted a 4- sided Peace Pole that will be proudly displayed at the Gallery during this event.  Language plates include the message, May Peace Prevail On Earth in English, Japanese, Burmese and May Peace Prevail in the United States of America!
Mount Beacon Fine Art
155 Main Street
Beacon, NY 12508
The Freedom and Art Project