"As bishops, we unequivocally state that racism is a life issue. Accordingly, we will not cease to forcefully speak against and work toward ending racism. Racism directly places brother and sister against each other, violating the dignity inherent in each person." - U.S. Catholic bishops, Open Wide Our Hearts, nos. 587-590 In the wake of much racial unrest and in honor of the 57th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s March on Washingon, the chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism has requested a national day of prayer and fasting. Join the Day of Prayer for Peace in our Communities on the Feast of St. Peter Claver (September 9th). Pray Pray a Rosary for Justice and Peace Host a prayer service utilizing the Prayer Service for Racial Healing Celebrate St. Peter Claver with the 2020 Prayer Service. Where possible, attend mass, or watch virtually, and offer your participation in healing for the sin of racism. Learn Learn about the saints who fought for racial equality (en español) like St. Katharine Drexel and Bl. Augustus Tolton. Use this Study Guide (en español) as you re-read the pastoral letter against racism, Open Wide Our Hearts (en español.) Act Explore parish and school resources to share with your community inspired by Open Wide Our Hearts. Observe a day of prayer and fasting on the Feast of St. Peter Claver Learn more about how the Church is praying, learning, and acting against racism, and how we can get involved by visiting our full library of resources.