On September 11, the Catholic Committee of Appalachia sponsored an ecumenical prayer service to renew Appalachian communities. Sisters of Charity of Nazareth supported the program and Joan Wilson, SCN, assisted in planning the Prayer Service. Dr. Hunter Hensley, cantor and Professor of Music at Eastern Kentucky University composed “Requiem for the Mountains” to emphasize the tragedy of mountaintop coal removal mining. Samuel Newton played the bagpipes. Fr. John Rausch, Stanton, Ky., planned and organized the event and with the help of others composed the liturgy.

Sister Joan says, “it was a very powerful, inspiring and sacred prayer service.”
Sister Joan will be attending the CCA annual meeting, it’s 40th year, this weekend in Hinton, W.Va.
View the video of the Prayer Service above and view pictures by clicking here.

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