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of Hope Ring Peace Bell
Folks begin to gather around the
peace pole in front of the main entrance of Mariandale Retreat
& Conference Center. The prayer was prepared by Nancy Erts,
OP and lead by Janet Corso, associate and administrator of the
Ossining Center of Hope. Staff of the Center, residents, staff
of the Intercommunity Novitiate and novices, and others who
work on our grounds were present for the service which began
at the peace pole and concluded around the bell.
The bell tolled after each petition
for the various peoples of the world and was followed by a moment
The sign of peace was an expression
of our desire for peace throughout the world. The rite used
was from the Middle Eastern, Assyrian, Chaldean Catholic rite
- We take the peace from each other and when it reaches the
last person, it is sent out to the universe.