Holy Redeemer Parish in North Portland hosted a prayer service in honor of St. Peter Claver on the saint’s feast day, Sept. 9.

This year, the U.S. bishops’ committee on racism is calling on the faithful to fast and pray this day “in solidarity with all people who suffer discrimination based on race,” wrote event organizers.

Peter Claver lived at the time when the slave trade between Africa and the New World was at its peak and devoted his life to helping Africans victimized by the horrors of slavery.