In cooperation with the International Council of Young Lasallians, Saint Mary’s University recognized International Lasallian Days for Peace during the week of Sept. 30-Oct.5. Guided by the theme Ignite our Hearts of Peace, the Office of Campus Ministry collaborated with the Lasallian Honors Program, the department of English and World Languages, the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, and the Winona Interfaith Council to sponsor speakers and activities focused on prayer, dialogue, and community. Lasallian schools around the world are invited to recognize the days for peace each year.
The two main speakers were Fr. James Callahan of Worthington, Minn., and Justin Van Dalen of Rochester, Minn. Fr. Callahan spoke about creating churches of sanctuary to continue to welcome the migrant and build peace in communities. He also reflected on the ethical, spiritual, historical, and political reasons for which offering sanctuary to others is important. Van Dalen, an attorney, spoke about his experience of working toward legal rights in Uganda with International Justice Mission to build peace and freedom. Other activities included opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to pray together, a viewing of the documentary, “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word,” and hospitality for discussions was provided.