Day of Prayer and Fasting for Racial Justice
To commemorate the feast day of St. Peter Claver, a missionary saint who advocated for the dignity of enslaved people, the Archdiocese of Washington and Cardinal Wilton Gregory participated in a day of prayer and fasting for racial justice on September 9. This comes after Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, chairman of the USCCB’s Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, urged a day of prayer and fasting in response to racial and societal unrest in the country.
Cardinal Gregory celebrated this special Mass at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church in St. Inigoes, Maryland, and was joined by Fr. Scott Woods, pastor of St. Peter Claver Catholic Church. The Mass was planned by the archdiocesan Secretariat for Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns and the Office of Cultural Diversity and Outreach.
Click below to download a prayer for justice and human dignity written by Cardinal Gregory and the auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Washington.