Archbishop Alexander Sample will lead the Catholic Church in western Oregon in prayers for peace in Portland and Oregon at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, in the North Park Blocks. “There is no better time than in the wake of civil unrest and the eve of the elections to come together in prayer, especially here in Portland,” said Archbishop Sample. “The Catholic Church takes the promotion of unity, and accordingly peace, as belonging to the innermost nature of the church. For this reason, the church fosters solidarity among peoples, and calls peoples and nations to sacrifices of advantages of power and wealth for the sake of solidarity of the human family.”

Since May, demonstrations over the killing of George Floyd have been held in the city of Portland, concurrent with protests in other cities around the United States and around the world. Most of the protests in Portland have been peaceful, but many have involved rioting, heated confrontations with police and counter-protestors, sometimes involving injury to protesters and police. There were instances of arson, looting, vandalism, and injuries. One person was shot and killed in a clash between protesters and counter-protesters.

Archbishop Sample and the Archdiocese of Portland have remained a steady force in a city and region faced with daily protests since the end of May. Despite civil unrest, the pandemic and wildfires, the Archdiocese, through its parishes, has increased its food ministry from feeding 90,000 to 250,000 families and raised funds to distribute to those affected by wildfires throughout Oregon.

For more information about Prayers for Peace, visit archdpdx.org/divine-worship.