NCCW inviting all to prayer vigil for peace, healing from June 10 to 13

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In response to continued acts of violence that have resulted in the deaths of people across the country, the National Council of Catholic Women has planned a prayer vigil for June 10-13. The announcement came from Kim Padan of Danville, the NCCW’s spirituality commission chair and past president of the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women.

People are invited to say the rosary and, if possible, to make a Holy Hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament, during the 72 hours of prayer. Those who would like to participate may sign up for a time slot or simply pray intentionally for the vigil.

“Whether the weapon is a knife, a gun, or a speeding vehicle, whether it is targeted or random, every act of violence attacks the dignity of the human person,” according to the NCCW. “Not only are victims wounded or killed, but the perpetrators are not living in accordance with their own dignity.”

The NCCW is encouraging people of faith to pray for an end to violence in all its forms, as well as for the conversion of people who seek to do harm.

Time slots on the online list are set to Eastern Daylight Time in an effort to keep track and make certain every hour is covered by prayer. For example, those who live in Illinois and want to pray at 7 a.m. local time should sign up for the 9 a.m. slot.

To sign up, go to and enter code OLGC to select a time slot. People may also contact Padan at (217) 898-5256 or

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