Bishop Richard Pates is organizing a local interfaith prayer service for peace this Sunday, Sept. 7 at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Ambrose, 607 High St. in Des Moines.
The prayer service will focus on the children who have been affected by conflicts in:
- Latin America, especially El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras
- Africa, especially South Sudan and the Central African Republic
- Middle East, especially Israel, Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan
Bishop Pates, in his role as chair of the U.S. bishops’ Committee for International Peace and Justice, has been a leader in calling for peace across the world. Just this past summer, he visited El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, South Sudan and the Central African Republic in solidarity with the Catholic Church in those countries and learned firsthand of the devastating effects of conflict and war in communities and families. Bishop Pates encouraged bishops across the United States to encourage their parishes to pray for peace last weekend.
At the local prayer service, religious leaders and local ethnic music ensembles have been invited to assist in the preparation and leadership of the service. Special music will be offered by the Heartland Chamber Choir, a Des Moines-area youth choir, and musicians from local ethnic and cultural groups.
For more information, contact Kyle Lechtenberg, director of the Diocese of Des Moines’ Worship Office at 515-237-5046 or firstname.lastname@example.org.