Siena College holds peace prayer for Pittsburgh victims

October 30, 2018 11:31 PM

LOUDONVILLE - People of all faiths and backgrounds gathered together at the Siena College grotto in the spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi.

"You try to just make sense of something doesn't make sense - the reality of violence and hatred and prejudice but recognizing that there is more powerful forces," Father Larry Anderson said.


Father Anderson explains, powerful forces like love, compassion and support for one another in times of grief.

"To be able for people to share their pain, despair but also their hope," Anderson adds.

Saturday, Robert Bowers stormed into the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, carrying out the deadliest attack on Jews in American history.  

As the details of the shooting and motive are under investigation, communities around the world have come together to stand for peace.

"There so much hatred in this country they're so much divisiveness and I, I think it's awful. I think it's more than despicable that it happened but especially when people are worshiping," Senior Michael Bove said.

Students, faculty and staff lit candles, each representing a prayer and a Franciscan message, where there is darkness, let us bring light, where there is despair, hope and where there is hatred, let us sow love.
"Standing up against it we're coming together we're all taking care of each other that's the Franciscan message," Bove said.


Karen Tararache

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