Earlier this year, Notre Dame received a letter from the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), inviting us to take part in an international prayer for peace on Thursday 18 October.
Students and teachers around the world were encouraged to get involved with this initiative. The aim was to have a million students forming a peace chain in different international locations on the same day, to pray or wish for unity and peace on earth.
This prayer initiative first began in Venezuela in 2005 with a small group of parents and their children. They’d been inspired by the words of Saint Padre Pio, who said: ‘If a million children pray the Rosary together, then the world will change.’
In response to the invitation, Notre Dame’s multi-cultural and multi-faith community came together to make a human peace chain at 11 o’clock on 18 October. Staff and students from all faiths and none formed a circle in St Joseph’s Court, at the centre of our campus, and stood in silent and respectful contemplation for one minute. We were joined by many other schools across the Diocese of Leeds and beyond.
Mrs Catherine Herring, Head of RS at Notre Dame, said: ‘It felt really important to our Principal and staff for the Notre Dame community to stand together as a witness to our desire for peace and unity in our world.’