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A Call for Peace in Syria

A Day of Fasting, Prayer, and Advocacy

by the Notre Dame Community of Faith


“Let us ask Mary to help us to respond to violence, to conflict and to war, with the power of dialogue, reconciliation and love. She is our mother: may she help us to find peace; all of us are her children! Help us, Mary, to overcome this most difficult moment and to dedicate ourselves each day to building in every situation an authentic culture of encounter and peace. Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us!”

Pope Francis, Angelus address on Sunday, September 1, 2013

The Notre Dame community of faith will join Pope Francis and people of faith around the world for a Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in Syria, the Middle East, and the World on Saturday, September 7. Notre Dame's Center for Social Concerns, Campus Ministry, Student Government Association, Peace Fellowship, Militia of the Imaculata, and other student organizations have planned a series of events and liturgies to mark the day of fasting and prayer, and they welcome participation in person or in spirit.

Take Action. Urge Congress to Choose Dialogue and Diplomacy in Syria!

Read Pope Francis Angelus Appeal for Peace.

Read the USCCB Letter to Congress which asks the United States to work with other governments to obtain a ceasefire, initiate serious negotiations, provide impartial humanitarian assistance, and encourage efforts to build an inclusive society in Syria that protects the rights of all its citizens, including Christians and other minorities.

Support Innocent Families Affected by the Violence in Syria.

Attend the Kroc Institute panel to address crisis in Syria.



Friday, September 6

11:30 a.m.
Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Mass including special intention for Syria and day of prayer and fasting on Saturday

Presider: Fr. David Scheidler, C.S.C.

125 p.m.

Lady Chapel

Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Eucharistic Adoration
5:15 p.m.
Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Mass with special prayer intention for peace 

Presider: Fr. John Santone, C.S.C.



Saturday, September 7 

10 a.m.
In front of the Main Building (rain location Geddes Hall Chapel)

Peace Fellowship and student-led morning prayer; Fasting during the day

11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Morrissey Hall Chapel Vigil
121 p.m.
Sorin Hall Chapel


Organized by Militia of the Imaculata

4:30 p.m.
Grotto Prayer to break the fast
5 p.m.
Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Vigil Mass with special intention for peace

Presider: Fr. David Scheidler, C.S.C.

Students to break the fast eating together in the dining halls


Sunday, September 8


  Residence Halls Evening hall Masses with special prayer intention for peace


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