The names of 50 homicide victims were solemnly read at the annual homicide vigil memorial held at Salem Heights on March 4. The youngest victim was a two-year old boy; the oldest a mother and grandmother, age 78. Joining the Sisters at this prayer service were many of the regular participants who stand witness at each homicide vigil. Reflecting on 2 Corinthians 1:3-5, Rev. Liz Ball from Omega Baptist Church reminded those present of the call to walk compassionately with each other, to bring comfort to “members of the community we know as strangers, yet God knows by name.” The service concluded with the hymn Litany of Peace and its haunting refrain, “Make me an instrument of your peace.” Refreshments and an opportunity to socialize with one another followed in the dining room.
Story by Sister Jeanette Buehler