This event was part of a world-wide observance each January between the feasts of the Chair of St. Peter on January 18, and the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul on January 25. The international efforts have taken place since 1908.
The service offered a nice mix of scripture readings which were given by Catholic and Evangelical christians, an ecumenical experience from daily life which was a simple but powerful ecumenical experience taking place at the local car wash, and a prayer for Christian Unity and repentance which was read by the Wadsworth Mayor who is a member of the Church of Latter Day Saints.
The evening generated much excitement and anticipation for ongoing relationships and future yearly get togethers for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Those in attendance left wanting to spread this message of grassroots ecumenism to many others.
Stephanie Rusher, who helped organize this year’s event, has already received a call from the local commander of the Salvation Army, inquiring about the Wadsworth event and how to collaborate with the Focolare community in the future.