Spirit of Assisi in Chicago
The observance of the 25th anniversary of the Spirit of Assisi Day of Prayer for Peace extended over four days at Saint Peter’s Church and Friary in the Chicago Loop.
October 25 Tuesday – The Power of Forgiveness, a film (part one) was shown at 12:15 p.m. in the Saint Clare Auditorium of Saint Peter’s Church.
October 26 Wednesday – The Power of Forgiveness, (part two) was shown at 12:15 p.m.in the Saint Clare Auditorium of Saint Peter’s Church. Friars from the Community joined approximately thirty lay people employed in the businesses for this two part formation and education program. A fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order, which meets regularly at Saint Peter’s, used this as part of its fraternal reflection program during its meeting.
October 27 Thursday
– The friary community used the special prayer service for Morning Prayer on this the actual anniversary date.
– At the seven Masses celebrated in Saint Peter’s Church on that day the Mass for Peace and Reconciliation or the Mass for the Progress of Peoples was offered.
– At 12:15 p.m. Friar Albert Merz, of the Province Peace Center, offered a lecture and reflection on The Seeds of Violence. Friars and approximately thirty others participated in the Saint Clare Auditorium.
October 28 Friday – At 12:15 p.m. Friar Albert Merz continued the meditation begun yesterday by a presentation entitled The Seeds of Peace to a similar group as yesterday.
In this way several hundred people from various parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago as well as residents in the city and its suburbs became aware of the Spirit of Assisi.