We are all very aware of the violence and suffering being experienced in Iraq at this time. Many have had to flee but many remain in their communities experiencing anxiety and fear as violence erupts all around them. In solidarity with the Iraqi people and with the minority Christian Community, the leader of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Sienna in Mosul, Iraq has called her sisters throughout Iraq to a time of intense prayer for peace and the protection of people of all faiths in Iraq.
We, along with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), call our sisters around the world to join the Iraqi Sisters in a time of prayer on Thursday, June 19 at 6 p.m. (in your time zone) to pray for an end to the violence and for the protection of all faith groups in Iraq. We encourage you to participate in this act of contemplative solidarity in the privacy of your heart, in your local community or chapel. Let us pray that there may be peace in Iraq and peace in the hearts of all peoples.
In the spirit of solidarity and gratitude,
The Congregational Leadership Team of the Maryknoll Sisters