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Peace taking root

Trinity 's peace garden inspired by global effort

Trinity Catholic Academy teacher Colleen Casey holds the Peace Pole, which bears the same clause — “May peace prevail on Earth” — on its sides in several languages, including Chinese, Polish, Spanish and French. About 200,000 of them now exist in 200 nations. Gus Steeves. (click for larger version)
November 16, 2009
SOUTHBRIDGE — In a time when the nation's embroiled in two wars and a lot of daily news coverage revolves around that, it may seem that peace is a long shot.

But for Trinity Catholic Academy students and staff, it's literally just outside their door.

Inspired by the book "Three Cups of Tea" by Greg Mortenson and David Relin, the school's Junior Honor Society turned a patch of mundane grass into a peace garden. The school dedicated its central Peace Pole, which reads "May peace prevail on earth" in multiple languages, Monday afternoon.

"As we learn to honor one another, our environment, plants, animals and all creation on Earth, the vision of global peace will gradually become a way of life, a true culture of peace," said 8th grader and JHS president Erin Jovan. "… We hope this garden will continue to spread the message of peace throughout our school, this community and the world for years to come."

According to teacher Colleen Casey, the idea was born about three years ago, but reading Mortenson's book recently, "We just knew this was the right time. We hope that whenever people walk by, they remember we all have to work for peace."

See Wednesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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