“Faith in Ferguson” Prayer Vigil to be held Tuesday
What: "Faith in Ferguson" prayer vigil for peace, justice, and charity
Where: Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church (1115 S. Florissant Road, Ferguson, MO 63121)
When: Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 4:30 p.m.
Who: Sr. Antona Ebo to give reflection; prayer service is open to the public
ST. LOUIS – A prayer vigil will be held Tuesday, March 10, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Ferguson beginning at 4:30 p.m. The vigil will include prayer and song, plus a reflection given by Sr. Antona Ebo, FSM who took part in the civil rights protests in Selma, Alabama on March 10, 1965.
Sr. Ebo, 90, was one of the first African-American women to join what was then the Sisters of St. Mary, now the Franciscan Sisters of Mary. She and more than 50 St. Louisans flew down to Selma, Alabama three days after the infamous “Bloody Sunday” when civil rights marchers were attacked on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Fifty years later, the historical actions of Sr. Ebo have taken on new significance in light of the situation in Ferguson. Sr. Ebo will address those gathered for the prayer vigil exactly 50 years to the day that she flew to Selma for the demonstration.
In a statement released after the announcement of the grand jury decision in the case of the shooting death of Michael Brown, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson implored: “Pray unceasingly for peace. Pray for our leaders and pray for your neighbors. If you feel called to act, do so only after prayer.”
Tuesday’s vigil will be the sixth “Faith in Ferguson” prayer event hosted in the Ferguson area by the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The event is free and open to the public. Members of the media are invited to attend and participate in the prayer vigil. Sr. Ebo will be available after the prayer service for interviews.