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 The Peace Pole Project
The Peace Pole Project began in 1955 with the mission to spread the prayer "May Peace Prevail on Earth" which is written on each side of the pole in a different language. Since 1955 over 200,000 poles have been planted in over 180 countries around the world!

As part of our 20th anniversary year, FMS added to this cause and plant a Peace Pole at Casa San Salvador in Washington, DC, on August 28, 2010.

Participants in the ceremony were invited to share their prayers for peace and "plant" them in our newly blessed Peace Garden.

The prayers are listed below. If you would like to add your own prayer for peace, please email us at info@franciscanmissionservice.org and we will add your request to this page.

May peace prevail on Earth through…
  • Our daily actions.
  • Our commitment to love one another as Christ loves us.
  • Justice and respect for human rights.
  • Remembering the dream that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. proclaimed 47 years ago- and remembering that peace is not just the absence of war, but comes forth through justice on earth.
  • Our taking the time to listen to others who differ from us.
  • Prayer and hard work.
  • The witness of humble Franciscans.
  • Acceptance, tolerance, and understanding of all people.
  • The witness of FMS missioners throughout the world.
  • Love, hope, and humility.
  • Continued dialogue among differing political, religious, and cultural views and peoples.
  • Daily rosary.
  • Our efforts together as sisters and brothers.
I pray I can be peace in the world by…
  • Learning how to love more deeply everyday.
  • Being a friendly face to all.
  • Upholding the dignity of every individual through respect and love, by sewing with a heart full of love.
  • Inspiring my students to live peaceful lives.
  • LOVE.
  • Remembering to remain in the present by being fully present to the task at hand.
  • Appreciating and spreading God’s beauty. (our world)
  • Accepting, loving, and receiving in words and actions everyone and everything in creation, without fear, judgment, or condemnation. Seeing God in all!
  • Being a witness and living in simplicity with those that we mission to.
  • Having American troops leave the Middle East.
  • Modeling nonviolent behavior.
  • Restraint of pen and tongue and being cautious and kind in everything I say.

My dream for peace is…
  • Rather than see each other’s differences, we’ll see each other for the commonalities that thread us together.
  • That children everywhere will learn love and unity at their parent’s knees…and know that all the children of the world are their brothers and sisters.
  • That everyone in the world be at peace with their enemies, families, and themselves.
  • That people will give more of themselves and their gifts to help others in their communities throughout the world.

Franciscan Mission Service
P.O. Box 29034
Washington, DC 20017-0034

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