Peace pole offers sign of solidarity

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From right are Sisters Nieves Lidia Ortiz Galván and Areli Cruz Hernández, Martha (Associate of the Sisters of Holy Cross), Sisters Esperanza Jacobo Acevedo and Patricia Rodríguez Leal stand together at the peace pole.

From left, Sisters Nieves Lidia Ortiz Galván and Areli Cruz Hernández, Martha (associate of the Sisters of the Holy Cross), Sisters Esperanza Jacobo Acevedo and Patricia Rodríguez Leal stand together at the peace pole.

Sisters of the Holy Cross are a voice and presence for peace, justice and healing in the world, standing compassionately with God’s suffering people. A peace pole is one visible way to show solidarity against violence.

Recently, Sisters Patricia Rodríguez Leal, Areli Cruz Hernández, Esperanza Jacobo Acevedo and Nieves Lidia Ortiz Galván led a special prayer of re-consecration at the new home of a peace pole at Chapel Santa Teresita del Niño Jesús in Guadalupe, Nuevo León, Mexico. According to Sister Nieves, the first peace pole resided at the Parish of Nuestra Madre Santísima de la Luz in México and was removed due to a construction project. The pole was reconditioned and placed at the new chapel.

After the service, the sisters and chapel community members shared candles and said a closing prayer together around the pole as a sign of their commitment to peace.

“The peace pole is recognized internationally as a symbol of the hopes and dreams of the human community for a peaceful Earth,” noted Sister Nieves. “The peace pole helps unite families and members of the locality by praying the rosary together.”

The Sisters of the Holy Cross adopted a Corporate Stand on Nonviolence in 2006 that highlights ​their commitment to peace and nonviolence by placing a peace pole in many of the places where its members live and serve.

Learn more about the Sisters of the Holy Cross Corporate Stand on Nonviolence at https://www.cscsisters.org/corporate-stands/#nonviolence.