This Wednesday our BFP committee and the Sisters of St. Joseph have organized a Take Back the City prayer vigil for nonviolence to be held in the center of downtown in the gazebo at Perry Square.
Our city is reeling from six homicides in the first six months of this year. Though this is nothing compared to what major cities in our country experience, it is way beyond our average.
Our local paper carried a large article on the nearly 11 years and 45 vigils which have been held in Erie since November 1999. It started on the front page of our Sunday paper and continued inside to a full page article. Here it is online: Erie Times News along with a portrait of Sr. Marlene Bertke, BFP's primary organizer of the Peace Vigils.
And on a happier note, here is part of our July 4 picnic table before the 75-80 celebrants dug in!