Archive for May, 2009

WPPS Peace Representative News: Peace Poles in Hastings, Minesota-USA

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

May 24th, 2009

Mary Salter and Josh Williams

Mary Salter and Josh Williams

On this memorial weekend, we wanted to designate some time to remembering our passed loved ones and to do something special in this beautiful weather we have been so blessed with!

On August 29, 2006

, we dedicated and planted a Peace Pole in honor and in memory of the victims, survivors and rescuer’s of Hurricane Katrina. The Peace Pole was later vandalized and wasn’t re-planted, due to fear of it being harmed or stolen. This special Peace Pole has human foot prints on one side to represent the human victims and the responders, animal paw prints to represent the animals left behind, leaf prints to represent the environment effected, and “May Peace Prevail On Earth” on the 4th side. Fear cannot consume us and it was time to memorialize those we intended to, this past weekend.

Today, Melvin Giles and Josh Williams (pictured here) resurrected our cherished Peace Pole & added yet another one! In this photo, Melvin is gifting Josh with a miniture Peace Pole in return for his generous assistance and hard work!

May we all spend some special moments this weekend to remember our friends, family, and pets that have either left us here behind to carry on our purpose or whom walk along side and support us! May Peace Prevail on Earth & May Peace Prevail with you!
by, Mary Salter

Ark has six Peace Poles that have been planted at their Hastings, Minnesota Shelter site and has dedicated two Peace Poles nationally.  I would like to creatively and respectfully highlight and acknowledge their “Intentional Acts of Cultivating a Cultural of Peace.” 

     * St. Paul Police Department (SPPD): Planted second Peace Pole during this current 13-years Peace Pole renaissance.  SPPD has four Peace Poles at different District Stations.  SPPD supports the symbolic meaning of Peace Poles and of the Peace Message-May Peace Be In Our Homes and Communities- May Peace Prevail On Earth.

     * ST. Paul Parks and Recreation: Supportive in planting Peace Poles at City Recreational Centers and Parks.  Actively participates in the Annual Community Peace Celebration (third Friday in June).

     * St. Paul Public Housing (SPPH): SPPH accepted the challenge of dedicating a Peace Pole at all their Hi-Rise locations, as a way to build healthy, safe, and inclusive communities.  Within three years, all SPPH’s 16-Hi-Rises have a Peace Pole.  SPPH, also have 3-Peace Poles at their Family-structure locations.  Their action helps to motivate the vision of a Peace Pole at every school, park, faith-based institutions, mall, and other public spaces in the Twin Cities and throughout Minnesota.

 Thank you for our collective efforts in creating a Cultural of Peace and a more Justice and Beautiful World.

 May Peace Prevail On Earth (MPPOE)!

 Peaceful Thoughts,

Melvin, WPPS Peace Representative-USA







Melvin Giles (L) gifts mini Peace Pole to Josh Williams at Animal Ark Shleter

Melvin Giles (L) gifts mini Peace Pole to Josh Williams at Animal Ark Shleter

WPPS Representative News: Peace Pole in the Philippines

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

May 11th, 2009

Peace Pole was planted on May 11th, at Barangay (village) at the Mintal Elementary School. The building which now houses elementary school students was once used as the Japanese Headquarter during WWII (note: women and men wearing blue and red uniforms are village officials).  In that village and nearby school campus, was the Japanese Memorial of their occupation of this site.  Previously, Mr. Okada planted two Peace Poles in this area. Mr. Okada performed  prayers to help purify and heal the wounds and sorrows of the past.

 Submitted by:   Mario “Toots” Fungo, WPPS, Peace Representative in the Philippines




WPPS Representative News: Peace Pole in the Philippines

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

May 10th, 2009

A Peace Pole was planted in the evening of May 10th, at Don Bosco Boy’s Town in Davao City, in Mindanao.  The Peace Pole was planted near the statue of Mother Mary.

The Ceremony was facilitated by the Boys Town Community with assistance from their mentors. The Peace Pole was donated by Shunichi Okada.

Submitted by: Mario “Toots” Fungo, WPPS, Peace Representative in the Philippines








Peace Representative News: Peace Pole in Marblehead, Massachusetts-USA

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

May 23rd, 2009

The Marblehead Peace Committee gifted this beautiful Peace Pole to the Abby Public Library in Marblehead, Massachusetts.  The 4 sided Peace Pole bears the Peace Message in the following languages:  English, French, Spanish, Hebrew, Korean, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Braille.





May Peace Prevail On Earth on automobile website-Germany

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

May 26th, 2009
The above webpage “” (English translation)–deals with all 
aspects of cars:  new models, accessories, trade shows, etc.
Our very own car magnet, bearing the Peace Message, MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH is being advertised on this website and Daily News!
This is so great, it is our leading car page and I love it.”
Dagmar Berkenberg, WPPS,
Munich, Germany Office



Peace Pole at St. Labouré in Germany

Monday, May 18th, 2009

 May 7th 2009  

Peace Pole at the 2nd location of our 2008 children Peace Pal International Art Exhibition at St. Labouré, a Senior home located outside of Munich, Germany 

At least 100 people attended.

A Jesuit father from Austria who represented Austria told me that the founder of his particular Jesuit oder, Mr Don Arrupe,  only founded Don Arrupe Order because he was serving as a priest in Hiroshima and was present when the atomic bomb fell. In my speech I had mentioned Mr Goi and that Hiroshima played such an important part in his life.

We were surrounded by the message and prayer, May Peace Prevail On Earth in a variety of ways, such as:

   –  inside their rooms through the children paintings which still remain there till July 1st.

     on a blue sticker which every participant recieved, handmade by the seniors

   –  on each balloon which we released at the end of the 1 hour programme

   –  and on the pole of course

It was very dignified when they all hand carried the Peace Pole in their dresses, can you

Inside there were more peace prayers and wishes on the wall and cakes, Greek dances and coffee for everybody, it was a cheerful big crowd. I gave out the little origami bookmarks to all the country representatives. 

May Peace Prevail On Earth

Dagmar Berkenberg, WPPS, Munich, Germany Office


























Peace Pole in Mutlangen, Germany

Monday, May 18th, 2009

May 2nd, 2009

The members of the ‘Peace and Encounter Society’
Mutlangen, Germany
, met to celebrate their 25 years of existence.
Through various projects, this Society works for a world without 
nuclear power and is well known throughout
Together with the Mayor of Mutlangen and a Deputy of the

Bundestag (Lower House of Parliament) 35 people gathered to plant a Peace Pole
that was crafted by their local craftsman at the
Waldorf School.

 The English banner in the photograph was prepared in Geneva to be used at a conference in New York in 2010 about ‘a world without nuclear weapons.’
Dagmar Berkenberg, WPPS
Munich Germany Office



Peace Pals™ International Art Exhibition-Wingdale, NY-USA

Monday, May 18th, 2009

April 25th and 26th, 2009

Many attended the “Spring Fling” Plein Air Art Easel Tour, Show and Sale at The Dover Knolls Manor House located in Wingdale, New York.  They showcased the artwork of talented artist from the local area and the international participation from the young artists who took part in the Peace Pals International Art Exhibition.

“So many people were impressed by the children’s artwork. Others asked a lot of questions about it and took the information with them. The Peace Pals International Artwork was such an important addition to our Student Art Room.  People were continually amazed!  I just love showing them off.  So thank you again.”

May Peace Prevail On Earth!

Cindy Snow, EPPS




Peace Pole at Allanton Sanctuary- Scotland, UK

Monday, May 18th, 2009

May 17th, 2009

We gathered in the Peace Room to hold a World Peace Prayer and Flag Ceremony with
those who joined us in an open invitation to participate in the
Symphony of Peace Prayers and Global Peace Meditation.

 We read a welcome address from Masami Saionji and a quotation from Dr Lazlo and
then we all presented the flags of the world ringing a small bell when
participating countries were announced and reading messages from
several spiritual leaders. Afterwards we held a 5 minute Peace
Meditation and then wrote peace messages to be buried under the Peace
Pole. People donned coats and shoes and carried the messages out to
the site where everyone helped to plant the new Peace Pole which has
English, Hebrew, Arabic and Scottish Gaelic carved onto it.

 We sat down to Sunday afternoon tea with delicious cakes and conversation.

Thank you everyone for making it a special day in Scotland.
May Peace Prevail On Earth.

The Allanton Sanctuary Staff




WPPS Representative News: Peace Pole in Sta. Magdalena, Sorsogon, Philippines

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

April 19th to 29th, 2009

It is being run now by youth themselves and added in their program of Peace and Environment is the values formation the referred to as the “effective leadership or Good Governance.”

 In this year’s summer camp, they enjoyed praying with nature, around the Peace Pole. 


 MARIO “TOOTS” FUNGO, WPPS, Peace Representative







Please enjoy the photographs taken of our youths participating in the Annual Youth Summer in Sta. Magdalena, Sorsogon.