Under intermittent rain on a January afternoon, a group of people walked together at a fast pace and shouted, "We want peace and justice!" The annual March for Peace, now in its third year, was coordinated by the Restorative Justice Ministry of the Archdiocese of San Francisco and held in memory of those killed by violence in the city during 2015.
Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco, Most Rev William J. Justice, began the event with prayer and a blessing at St. Anthony of Padua Church. Bishop Justice spoke with regret about the loss of life. "It is a terrible mistake taking the life of another human being," he said.
The march ended at Mission Dolores where leaders from other faiths offered prayers and rites for peace and justice according to each of their religious traditions. Participants included Ron Kobata from the Buddhist Church of San Francisco, Father Richard Smith, pastor of St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, and Yolanda Banks from the Hebrew Community Cultural Center.