Franciscan Institute Leads Walk for Peace – Feb.16, 2016

In keeping with the goal of working to reduce crime in our society and building a culture of peace, the Franciscan Institute, along with members of St. Joseph of Cluny, Holy Ghost Fathers and The Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena, organized a peaceful protest “Walk for Peace” on Wed, Feb.16th, in Port of Spain, Trinidad. More than 1,000 students from 12 Catholic schools participated in the event.

The Walk for Peace was organized in response to the gang-related ‘revenge killing’ of two young boys which occurred this January in Laventille, Trinidad. Crime continues to be a major social issue throughout Trinidad & Tobago.

SSM Sisters carried banners that proclaimed to “Say No to Violence” and to “Say Yes to Peace.” The Walk lasted two hours and included 2 minutes of silence in remembrance of the lost boys, several prayers, singing of hymns and the reading of letters written by the students, indicating some of their feelings about the crime situation in Trinidad & Tobago and why it needs to be addressed. His Grace, the Archbishop, addressed the students at the final stop on the Walk, where he implored that for there to be change, the citizens must be the change we want to see, stating, “When you see injustice, stand up to it. Young people must seek to be agents of harmony and must be willing to stand up for justice, no matter where they are.”

C News Live interviewed our very own Sister Julie Marie about the Peace March – watch the TV clip here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLVySUUQG1I&feature=share