Two parishioners from the Diocese of Rochester will join Catholic peace-and-justice organizations and members of the Consistent Life Network in Washington, D.C., April 6 to take part in events surrounding the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I.
The events include a prayer walk from The Catholic University of America to the offices of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, followed by a walk to the Archdiocese of Military Services. Catholic University of America students, faculty and others also will gather to reflect on the words of Ben Salmon of Denver, Colo., a Catholic man who resisted the war effort and believed that no war is a just war.
Mark Scibilia-Carver from Mary, Mother of Mercy Parish in Interlaken helped organize the events to educate and offer witness at the three sites, according to information provided by Carol Crossed, a Rochester resident and outspoken supporter of the consistent life ethic. Crossed also is scheduled to speak during the events.
Four groups are leading the anniversary effort: Friends of Franz & Ben, the American Solidarity Party, Pax Christi Metro D.C. and The Consistent Life Network.
The group Friends of Franz & Ben also supports Salmon’s beatification, which is a first step to sainthood within the Catholic Church. For more information, visit www.bensalmon.org.