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St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish to Dedicate Hand-Crafted Peace Pole
St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish to Dedicate Hand-Crafted Peace Pole

GRAND HAVEN, MICH., SEPT. 18, 2014―In observance of United Nations’ “International Day of Peace” worldwide, the general public is invited to a local observance at St. Patrick―St. Anthony Parish to join in the dedication of a hand-crafted Peace Pole on Sunday, September 21st at 4 p.m. on the outdoor south side of the church, at 920 Fulton Avenue in Grand Haven.

“Pope Francis has asked all people to observe the upcoming International Day of Peace no matter whether they attend church or not and we welcome anyone who is interested to join us as we dedicate this long-lasting monument to peace,” said Sally Moser, an International Day of Peace event organizer with St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish.

The dedication ceremony will focus on three activities:

  • Dedication of the six-foot tall/four-sided, hand-crafted, red cedar pole bearing white plexiglass plaques with the phrase “May peace prevail on earth” in four languages, along with braille for the blind; 
  • Prayers and songs of peace;
  • International refreshments, representing the four countries, whose languages of English, French, Nepalese and Spanish, are represented on the pole.

“Pope Paul the Sixth said that if you want peace you have to work for justice, and we see the role of our parish’s social justice commission as one of education and advocacy for social justice concerns based on Catholic social teaching. We also work to raise awareness through charitable works with the hope that social justice will prevail, so that’s why we’ve organized this event,” said Moser.

Guitar music will be provided by Jose Astua, director of mission and ministry with St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish.   Featured music will include the Prayer of St. Francis (“Make Me A Channel of Your Peace.”)  A featured guest will be Fr. Leriche Roosevelt, visiting priest from St. Simon―St. Jude Parish in La’Morne, Haiti, who will bless and dedicate the Peace Pole.

Parishioner Bud Lothschutz is hand-crafting the Peace Pole, which will remain on view in its outside location in perpetuity at the parish. 


“We hope that, as people pass by the Peace Pole, it will inspire them to pray for the world, as we feel the world is in great need of prayer at this time in history,” said Moser.

Peace Poles have been around since the 1950s and are revered as monuments of peace.  There are some 10,000 Peace Pole structures believed to be in existence in nearly 200 countries today.  They are put up to help individuals focus on the need for world peace and to encourage people to pray for peace world-wide.

“Our Peace Pole is unique, in that it represents the countries of our St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish ministries,” said Moser, adding, “We have the English language for our parishioners, French to honor our sister parish in Haiti, Spanish to honor our various Spanish ministries and Nepali to honor our Bhutanese refugee families who have resettled in Grand Haven and sponsored by our church, in partnership with Bethany Christian Services.”

Anyone interested in receiving further information should contact St. Patrick―St. Anthony Parish by calling the Administrative Office:  616/842-0001616/842-0001-0001.

St. Patrick Parish began as a mission site in 1857 and the first Church was built at the current location of 920 Fulton Street in Grand Haven in 1872.  In 1911, St. Anthony’s Church was formed in Robinson Township and became a mission parish of St. Patrick’s.  The current Church was opened in 1957 after the old Church was torn down to make room for Route 31.  The Family Center was added in 1973 and in 2012, both parishes merged into the St. Patrick - St. Anthony Parish.  Rev. William Langlois has served as pastor for 18 years with the parish and celebrated his 40th anniversary of Ordination in the ministry in May 2014.


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