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Prayer Service for Interracial Healing

August 31, 2020

St. Peter Claver

St. Peter Claver Catholic Church in Lexington KY held an ecumenical prayer service on June 4, 2020. The service aimed to promote healing, understanding, and community action in the wake of the trauma and unrest following the deaths of Black Americans, including George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, killed in police encounters. An assembly of about 200 people, wearing masks and observing social distancing, gathered on the church lawn to witness and pray together with speakers who included St. Peter Claver's business manager Christine Weathers, UK Women's Basketball Coach Matthew Mitchell, and Bishop John Stowe. Later in the week, St Peter Claver's pastor, Fr. Norman Fischer, joined members of the University of Kentucky football team and UK coach Mark Stoops in a peaceful demonstration on the courthouse lawn. The diocesan CrossRoads magazine covered the event and offered links to resources for racial justice in the July/August issue.