Mary, Queen of Peace - Eucharist and Vigil for Peace in Syria, the Middle East and Throughout the World

Sat, 2013-09-07 19:30 - 21:30


Regis College invites all to join in response to the call from Pope Francis to fast and pray for peace in Syria, the Middle East and throughout the world on the Feast of Mary, Queen of Peace.


On Saturday, September 7th at 7:30pm Regis President Jack Costello, S.J. will offer the Eucharist in St. Joseph Chapel. Those attending are welcome to join a 15 minute candle light vigil near the statue of Jesus the Homeless following the liturgy.

“This coming Saturday we will experience together a special day of fasting and prayer for pace in Syria, the Middle East. I renew my invitation to all the Church to live this day intensely, and from this moment on, express my gratitude to those brothers and sisters, Christians and of other religions, and to men and women of good will who wish to join, wherever they may be and in their own way, in this moment... Let us raise a cry for peace all over the world!” -Pope Francis

In a newspaper interview, Jesuit Father General Adolfo Nicolás has expressed his solidarity with Pope Francis as he invites all People of Good Will to search for alternatives to violence in the face human suffering. If you would like to read the Father Nicolás comments, please click here.

On Friday September 6, 2013, Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States, meet with ambassadors to the Holy See to discuss Pope Francis's concerns about the situation in Syria and to present principles for a just solution. To read a press release summarizing Archbishop Mamberti's remarks, please click here.

On Saturday, September 7, 2013, Pope Francis was joined by over 100,000 pilgrims in St. Peter's Square as he prayed for peace. If you would like to read the homily given by Pope Francis on this occasion, please click here.

Those wishing to attend a service earlier in the day, may wish to consider joining Cardinal Collins as he presides and preaches at the 5:00 pm Mass at St. Michael's Cathedral. The Mass will include special intentions for a peaceful resolution to the current conflict. Following Mass, there will be a Holy Hour, including exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, recitation of the rosary led by His Eminence and an opportunity for silent prayer.

Regis College is located at 100 Wellesley Street West, Toronto, near the corner of Queen's Park Crescent East. Regis College is on the 94 Wellesley bus route and a short walk (south) from the Museum subway station. Public parking is available in the University of St. Michael's College parking lot on St. Joseph Street, one block north of Regis College. The venue is accessible.

Regis College is the Jesuit School of Theology at the University of Toronto and a Founding Member of the Toronto School of Theology.