There are processions like this happening across the country as faith leaders join in on the initiative named “Love Knows No Borders.”
This is the scene that is happening outside of Erie’s Federal Courthouse as peace activists raise awareness about violence towards migrants at the US- Mexico border.
This all taking place in a 24 hour time span. “There are families that are separated by our government’s policies and our hope is that this prayer procession helps us to commit to changing those policies,” said Sister Anne McCarty with Benedictines for Peace.
Various organizations, including the Benedictines for Peace are involved in this procession. Each group walks for at least one hour holding a banner with Our Lady of Guadalupe on it. “She’s the patron of the Americas and a protector of the most vulnerable,” Sister McCarthy added.
After the Benedictine Sisters of Erie kicked off the procession, members of the Diocese of Erie continued it an hour later.
“All of us coming together shows that it is not just an issue that one person can sit down and fix. It shows that many different viewpoints need to be heard,” said Patrice Swick, Director of Social Justice and Life for Diocese of Erie.
After walking around the courthouse, participants take a moment to pray and share migrants’ stories of their journeys to the US. “If someone had asked the question ‘hey what are you doing?’ and I can say I’m bringing awareness and I’m praying for my sisters and brothers at the border,” said Swick. Maybe it makes them read an article to read more.”
People will be walking around the courthouse until Wednesday at 5 pm.