Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- Peaceprints Prison Ministries will hold its annual Day of Pledging and Remembering at Ephesus Ministries on Grider Street July 30.
The annual “Pledging and Remembering” service, initiated by the late Sister Karen Klimczak, brings together families, and friends affected by homicide and community members. The ceremony honors and remembers homicide victims of the past year (July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011) in the Buffalo area. Crosses bearing the name and memory of each murder victim are placed in the Bissonette Peace Park. Community members also pledge to become nonviolent in their actions.
The program begins with community members gathering for a memorial service to remember the Buffalo area homicide victims. A peace walk will follow the service on Grider Street, which has been dedicated as Sister Karen Klimczak’s Way by the City of Buffalo.
During the walk, community members will be asked to display signs and show support of their commitment to nonviolence as we walk the streets of Buffalo. At this time we will also invite individuals and groups to take an oath of peace, pledging their commitment to nonviolence. Activities will conclude with a special memorial display of the names of those murdered in our city this past year in the Bissonette Peace Park and a light reception.
Sister Karen once said, “You leave your fingerprints on everything. We need to be people who leave imprints of peace wherever we go in our world.” Sister Karen embodied, in spirit and actions, a deep commitment to nonviolence and challenged others to do the same.