Archdiocese of Chicago schools to pray today for peaceful summer

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CHICAGO — The Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools will come together at 2 p.m. Thursday for the Prayer of St. Francis in the hopes of a peaceful summer.

This prayer includes 229 schools and will take place at the Academy of St. Benedict the African, 6020 S. Laflin St. in Chicago.

Superintendent Jim Rigg said he is expecting 79,000 students and 7,500 school staff members to join in the hope to foster peace, mercy and understanding.

Rigg said that warm weather could bring an increase in violence. The schools will pray for peace throughout the Cook and Lake counties for a safe summer.

The Archdiocese is encouraging everyone to join them in prayer. Here’s the Prayer of St. Francis:

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.

For more information on the Archdiocese’s peace initiatives, visit


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