To celebrate the International Day of Peace on September 21st, the Sisters of Divine Providence came together with the Sisters of Notre Dame and the Benedictine Sisters to host an evening prayer.
The event was dreamed into existence when vocation directors from each community, Sisters Leslie Keener, CDP, Ruth Lubbers, SND, and Cathy Bauer, OSB, had a conversation about ways to respond to issues affecting our local and world communities and ways to witness to what it means to be a Sister. We talked about the tremendous needs of people throughout the world, as well as the violence and contention that’s so much a part of our reality today. We discussed the fracturing of communities and the divisiveness that exists in so many contexts. We also named some of what we as Sisters do best – pray and build community. Prayer in and of itself both responds to needs and strengthens community. Each of our communities, together with our associates and friends, is a strong entity unto itself, but it’s also true that we have deep relational connections with each other across our congregations. We are sisters. We decided to unite ourselves more visibly and concretely by hosting a prayer together in a public place with an open invitation for others to join us.
Through the United in Prayer event, God really did draw all kinds of people together into a praying community. Our prayer was simple but meaningful; our common unity was real and beautiful. We were religious sisters, associates, friends, neighbors, and passersby. We were young and old, women and men, Christian, and Muslim. We were from both sides of the Licking and Ohio Rivers. We were one. It was a witness to what God can do when people come together and unite their hearts in prayer. We hope to host this prayer again in the near future, so stay tuned . . .