Archive for May, 2011
May 9th, 2011
Fr. Bruno Cardore OP, Master General of the Dominican Order created a history in Pakistan when he planted a Peace Pole at Peace Center in Lahore on 9th of May, 2011 during his official visitation to Pakistan. This beautiful ceremony took place in the presence of more than 40 Dominican friars, Sisters and lay people. Prayers for peace in our country and around the world were offered, peace hymns sung, messages and speeches delivered. During the ceremony each person was holding a flag of one country of the world. It was a great manifestation of expressing our longing for peace in the world.
Fr. James Channan welcomed and thanked Fr. Bruno Cadore, Master General of the Dominican Order along with his Socius for Asia Pacific Fr Vincente Lu OP. He said that the Peace Pole which is planted today will set a landmark, as such–“The people of Pakistan do indeed love peace and they want to see peace all around the world.” The present war-like situation of Pakistan poses a great challenge for all of us to work for promoting peace, with more zeal and dedication for this noble task when we are confronted with so much hatred, violence and terrorism around us. He highly admired the courage of the Master of the Order for coming to Pakistan in this very dangerous situation and also to accept the invitation to plant this Peace Pole on which it’s written in 4 languages the Universal Message and Prayer “May Peace Prevail On Earth.” He also gave a brief history of the Peace Pole and that it was the dream and vision of Masahisa Goi from Japan, Founder of The World Peace Prayer Society. Peace was the very first word which Jesus Christ said after his resurrection when he appeared to the women and apostles. The very first word he said was “Peace be with you.” Therefore we are called to start our talks and end our talks and day with “peace.” When we talk about peace we open our heart to witness this peace. My wish is that as family of preachers – brothers and sisters – we begin our day and end our day with “peace.”
A special message from Mrs. Masami Saionji from Japan, Chairperson of The World Peace Prayer Society sent to us for this special occasion was read by Fr. Iftikhar Moon OP. In her message she said,
I am deeply honored to have this opportunity of offering my congratulations on the dedication of a Peace Pole at the Peace Center of the Dominican Order in Lahore, Pakistan, planted by the Most Reverend Fr. Bruno Cadoré OP, Master General of the Dominican Order.
How fitting it is that, at this key moment in history, the Master General has traveled to Pakistan to encourage inter-religious dialogue, reconciliation and harmony, and has graciously agreed to officiate at this Peace Pole planting.
At this time, we at The World Peace Prayer Society join with all of you in praying for the spirit of love, hope, and forgiveness to spread throughout Pakistan and the world from this Peace Center.
We at The World Peace Prayer Society consider the Peace Center to be the cornerstone of peace in Pakistan, and a powerful influence for harmony throughout the world…. It is my earnest desire that this Peace Pole may stand forever at this worthy place, serving as a symbol of the spirit of divine oneness and mercy that are to prevail throughout Pakistan and the world.
Along with many peace-loving colleagues in Japan, I pray for the safe completion of Fr. Bruno Cadore, the Master of the Order’s, meaningful journey, and I look forward with happy anticipation to the day when I may visit the illustrious site of today’s Peace Pole planting.”
Rev. Pascal Paulus OP, former Vice Provincial of the Dominicans in Pakistan said that is a great honor that we are promoting peace and congratulated Fr. James Channan for organizing this ceremony. Fr. James has also received a Gold Medal on 7th of May in recognition of his tremendous services in promoting peace and interfaith dialogue.
After these speeches Fr. Bruno along with Fr. James Channan and Fr. Pascal Paulus planted the Peace Pole in the beautiful lawn of Peace Center. The Peace Pole will always remind the historic visit of the Master of the Order and his love for the people of Pakistan and his dream of seeing peace among all nations and countries.
Fr James Channan OP
Peace Center, Lahore
11 May, 2011
Saturday, June 4th, 2011
On Saturday, June 4th from 2:00pm – 5:00pm at Community Garden, at The Brunson Hill Art House celebrates “Peace in the community.”
Thanks to Al Biggby of Biggby Coffee we are planting a Peace Pole in our garden! We are also collecting items for a time capsule to bury under the Peace Pole. Contributions welcome. Please join us for our celebration!
May 4th, 2011
On Wednesday, May 4th, the IVC High School Leadership Class unveiled the “Peace Pole” for Chillicothe Junior High & Elementary Center (CEC). On hand to attend the unveiling were students from CEC’s Team TRRFCC group as well as the students from Mr. Kosinksi’s Leadership class. On CEC’s Peace Pole, the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” is displayed in English, French, German and Spanish. Students from Mr. Kosinski’s class came up with the idea of planting Peace Poles in order to prevent student misbehavior (such as bullying and/or fighting) and approached the faculty of CEC in March with a presentation.
Reflections on the Victoria Garden by Christiana Goldschmidt Summer 2010
Ah, June 3rd—that wonderful day way back when the summer was young. When I was a fresh face in the community, hardly knowing a soul in Frogtown and Summit University. When I had yet to discover all that the summer could contain and become. When the open lot on the corner of Victoria and Concordia was but a grassy field.
But, on that beautiful summer day, as I tried to stroll confidently into the crowd of neighbors and community organizers, the open lot became much more than just an old empty space for many people. Excitement was high as people gathered and curious drivers stopped by to see what was happening in their neighborhood. The grill was hot, the grapes cool, and the laughter refreshing as people met each other and took the opportunity to formulate ideas for naming and using this space. Stickers were going like hot cakes as people voted on suggestions, drummers were beating to the rhythm of the crowd, and children planted pumpkin seeds in little cups to take home—a token of what was begun that day.
After a while, it was time: the climax of the evening was about to begin! People were called to gather around and Petey Mitchell introduced the Peace Pole planting ceremony. Lisa Steiger said a few words about Summer of Peace events, Adrienne and Mark introduced themselves and their desire to see community growth on this lot along with the garden, and Ms. Bertha Givins (well-known around here as the Godmother of Peace) read a beautiful poem she had written about the life of a peace pole. Then Petey requested that the children come to the front and called on the elders of the community to remember that children are the future, and that they need to be loved and protected, and given a legacy to live for. Petey defined children as anyone 21 and younger, so I was part of the children group, and while I felt somewhat embarrassed to be included with the 5 and 6 year olds, I also felt honored to be included in the circle of wisdom and protection that the older generations provided. Then, without further ado, the Peace Pole was planted in the ground, right on the corner—its message loud for all passerby to see! Some people planted beautiful perennials around the Peace Pole, while others planted vegetables in a tilled area behind the Peace Pole, and then began the goodbyes as people took one last look at the suggestion board and waved both to newly acquired acquaintances as well as to old friends.
Now, three months later, if you drive by the corner on Concordia and Victoria, you will see the flowers blooming around the Peace Pole, and the pumpkins trying to overtake the tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants. Mark keeps the lawn mowed as several people are working to sift through all the ideas that the community members gave us. In an effort to serve as much of the community as possible, the area will hopefully contain largely self-maintaining plants of a small fruit tree orchard around benches for meditation or meeting space, perennial flowers, and edible landscaping. The community expressed strong desires for a calm, relaxing green space, as well as a beautiful area to stop and smell the flowers, or grab some fresh produce for dinner, and we have made efforts to include as much of those as possible.
We are fortunate that this space is on a very busy corner, and are hoping for high involvement and awareness by the neighbors so that they feel the desire to develop this area into a beautiful green space for the community. We will need the neighborhood to come together to build and maintain this garden, from building the benches to laying the paths, planting the trees and flowers, and spreading the good word! Please stop by Summit-U Planning Council’s office to find out how you can get involved, or feel free to stop by when you see someone else out in the garden! There is much yet we can do this fall to prepare for next year’s spring, so don’t be shy.
May Peace Be In Our Homes and Communities
Our Girl Scout troop in conjunction with community members and patrons of the Mooresville Soup Kitchen built the Peace Pole in the attached picture.
Some interesting information about this Peace Pole is:
• The four languages are English, Spanish, Italian and Swahili
• The cross on top was hand crafted by a patron of the Soup Kitchen
• Each panel is made of 1×1 tiles
• The “cake” base and core of the Peace Pole were built by a retiree
• The parents of the Girl Scouts obtained sponsors in the community to cover all costs
• The dedication will take place on September 11th 2011 at the Mooresville Soup Kitchen
• The Mooresville Soup Kitchen feeds between 150 and 250 people each day.
Thank you in advance for any assistance / guidance you can provide,
Hi Ann Marie,
We had a wonderful 16th Annual Nobel Peace Prize Festival. The students exhibits were outstanding and their performances (songs, drumming, dance movements) were fantastic! And, yes the jazz was upbeat and stirring. This year’s program honored the 2009 Nobel Laureate, President Barack H. Obama, for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between people.
As, you know, over the past years I’ve had the honor of presenting a special Peace Pole seed to the guest Laureate and/or keynote speaker. This year’s keynote speakers were Dr. Geir Lundestad, Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo and Sec. of the Norwegian Nobel Committee and Mr. Mark Ritchie, MN Sec. of State. They both have been previous recipient of a special Peace Pole seed, therefore, after conferring with Dick Bernard, Vice-Pres. of World Citizen it was decided to gift the special Peace Pole to Anna Tu for her great job of being the Festival’s MC.
May Peace Prevail On Earth (MPPOE)!
WPPS Peace Representative-USA
Kate Tracy, Vice President-Business & Professional Banking and Rammie Nesheiwat Vice President & Banking Officer embraced the idea of having our Peace Pole (handcrafted at The World Peace Sanctuary) displayed in the Main Lobby of each branch located within upstate New York region!
Established in 1856 as Manufacturers and Traders Bank, M&T Bank Corporation is now one of the 20 largest US headquartered commercial bank holding companies with 725 branches located throughout New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware and Toronto, CANADA.
A local bank that is committed to the communities it serves.
As M&T’s Chairman and CEO Robert G. Wilmers often says, “the well-being of the bank is dependent upon the well-being of the communities we serve.”
The newest Fall River Peace Pole at The Women’s Center.
Notice the colors Teal and Purple – the colors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness Ribbons.
May Peace Be in Our Communities! May Peace Prevail On Earth!
United Neighbors of Fall River
209 Bedford Street, Suite 401
Fall River, MA 02720