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Lenten peach march scheduled for tonight in Pilsen

WBBM Radio Chicago 4/13/2022 Bernie Tafoya
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) - Several churches are going to be staging a peace march in the Pilsen neighborhood Wednesday night, weather-permitting, as they near the end of Lent and the start of Easter.

Father Brendan Curran of the Resurrection Project and founder of the Pilsen Faith Table Initiative said an indoor alternative is being looked into.

If there is a march, the plan is to have people march from their churches to 18th and Blue Island Avenue to rally together for peace.

Fr. Curran of the Resurrection Project said that, what makes the “40 Days of Peace” campaign so different, is that it’s not just the effort of a single religious denomination, but together, they’re stronger.

The theme of the campaign is, “We are called to be peacemakers.”

“We have people of different faith practices and traditions and, instead of just being in our own circle, our own labeled church, this effort is to say definitively and publicly, we are going to work on this together,” he said.

“We’re going to do it in different ways in our different church traditions: Methodist, Catholic, Assemblies of God, Christian and others but, that’s the beauty of it. The idea is that we want to work together,” Fr. Curran added.

Fr. Curran said the Pilsen Faith Table Initiative he founded will start a summer of peace effort at the end of May.

Among the churches and groups involved in the Initiative are: St. Paul Catholic Church, New Life Community Church, Bethel Temple, St. Pius V Catholic Church, St. Procopius-Providence of God Church, Lincoln United Methodist Church, Hope Church Pilsen, The Resurrection Project and Healthy Hood Chicago.

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