March 22, 2003

Religious Leaders Gather for Prayer Service and Witness for Peace

March 25, 2003 Washington, D.C.

U.S. religious leaders will come together for a prayer service and witness in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, March 25, at 7:00 p.m., to lend their voices to a growing number of people of faith and conscience who have labeled the U.S. war on Iraq unjust and immoral. The following day (Wednesday, March 26) at noon, numerous religious leaders will gather for a nonviolent witness.

Among the religious leaders participating are: 1976 Nobel Peace Price Laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire; Bishop Thomas Gumbleton (Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace); Fr. Roy Bourgeois, M.M. (SOA Watch); Marie Dennis (Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns); Patricia Clark (Fellowship of Reconciliation); Fr. Joe Nangle, O.F.M. (Director Franciscan Mission Office); Eric LeCompte (Pax Christi USA National Council Chair); Dave Robinson (Pax Christi USA National Coordinator); Barbara Baker (Pax Christi USA National Council); Nancy Small (former Pax Christi USA National Coordinator); Sr. Anne McCarthy, O.S.B. (former Pax Christi USA National Coordinator); with more to be announced.

The Tuesday night prayer service will take place at St. Aloysius Church (corner of North Capitol and Eye Streets) at 7 p.m., and the public is encouraged to attend.  The nonviolent witness on Wednesday will begin at noon at a location yet to be determined, with a press conference to be scheduled beforehand at 11:30 a.m.  The public is again invited and encouraged to attend both the press conference and the action.

The prayer service and nonviolent witness are sponsored by Pax Christi USA, Sojourners, Fellowship of Reconciliation, and the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.

For more information on the prayer service or the nonviolent witness, please contact Johnny Zokovitch at 352-219-8419; johnnypcusa@yahoo.com  or Michael Jones at 814-964-0078; mike@paxchristiusa.org .

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Phyllis Turner Jepson, Director
Pax Christi USA
Local/Regional Development Office
Email: paxwpb@gate.net
Pax Christi USA Website: www.paxchristiusa.org