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USA: Ignatian PeaceAction invites prayer, reflection and action for peace

 The Ignatian PeaceAction is a rolling effort across the US to mark the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War. From Easter to Pentecost, various Jesuit communities, schools, and organisations are engaging in prayer and actions in solidarity with those who suffer from war and violence, and for national healing through peace and reconciliation. This US Assistancy effort is coordinated through the Jesuit Commission for Social and International Ministries (JCSIM). One of the priorities of the JCSIM, approved by the US Provincials, is to address the issues of war and violence. The organisers hope this effort will bind the Assistancy together across provinces and sectors of ministry in a show of national solidarity as they mark the difficult current reality of war while praying and witnessing for a different future; a future that reflects faith in the risen Christ who casts out all fear, including the fears often exploited to justify war. Supporting materials for the Ignatian Peace Action include a unifying prayer for communities and ministries; a prayer service which can be modified for local context; an extensive list of possible group activities organised by the apostolic sector; and an inventory of resources and links on this theme. The national "roll call" of participating communities and ministries, as well as the PeaceAction supporting materials have been posted on the USA Jesuit Conference website. www.jesuit.org For more information, contact Fr Mark Hallinan SJ at hallinan@nysj.org Source: John Sealey SJ Ignatian Solidarity Network