Installation of Peace Poles

Local Catholic and Buddhist Communities Promote Peace, Interreligious Harmony With Installation of Peace Poles

Maryknoll, New York – March 4, 2014 – To help promote peace and interreligious harmony, the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Western Regional Mission Center in San Lorenzo, California, and the Buddhist Center for Compassion of Hayward, California, have agreed to install permanent Peace Poles at their respective locations. The Peace Poles were donated by two benefactors who share the common interest of promoting peace among people of different faiths.

The Buddhist Center for Compassion, which is located on Meekland Avenue in Hayward, dedicated its Peace Pole in a traditional ceremony attended by more than 100 people on Sunday, January 19. The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, the 103-year-old mission society of the U.S. Catholic Church, will dedicate its Peace Pole at the mission center (16642 Ashland Avenue in San Lorenzo) on Sunday, March 9, at 11 a.m.

The Maryknoll Peace Pole symbolizes the commitment of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers and parishioners at the hosting parish of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in San Lorenzo to foster peace in their daily lives. Deacon Matt Dulka will discuss the importance of promoting peace as part of his homily during the children’s Mass at St. John’s that begins at 9:30 a.m.

The dedication ceremony will begin with a song by the St. John’s children’s choir. Remarks will be presented by Dr. Lonnie R. Bristow, M.A.C.P.; Reverend Michael Lacy, pastor of St. John’s parish; Deacon Matt Dulka, director of the western region of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Mission Education and Promotion Department; and Thich T-‘L.u’c (Reverend Long) from the Buddhist Center for Compassion.