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At the entrance of Our Lady of Victory Convent on the corner of Walker and Theresa Drive stands a testimonial to world peace: The FSC Peace Pole. This Peace Pole serves as a monument to inspire others to spread the message and prayer of world peace. We live in tumultuous times where one can lose hope at the spectacle of everyday violence that is broadcast every night on the evening news. The Peace Pole is a symbol of the dreams and hope that we can one day achieve a better world.

The FSC Peace Pole was installed on
October 2, 2011 with a small ceremony that welcomed guests and village officials from Lemont in a special blessing ceremony. It was placed in front of the entrance to honor Franciscan heritage and promote the cause of world peace. “May Peace Prevail on the Earth” is inscribed in eight difference languages - two on each side of the peace pole in the following languages: English, Polish, Spanish, German, Korean, Potawatomi, Latin and Swahili. These languages were chosen because of their connection to the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago as every continent is represented.

The International Peace Pole Project

The International Peace Pole Project began in Japan in 1955 by Masahisa Goi in Ishikawa, Japan. Mr. Goi would hold gatherings in his neighborhood to discuss his vision and philosophy for world peace. This movement slowly grew from a small neighborhood gathering to an international movement by 1976. People around the world began promoting peace through many creative ways. such as the idea of placing peaceful messages on poles. This movement continues to this day as more than 200,000 peace poles have been dedicated in nearly every country on Earth. Click Here to read more about the International Peace Pole Project.

Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace, Saint Francis Prayer

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.