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In conjunction with Catholics around the country, the Legion and RC in Connecticut join in prayer on August 17 for Iraqi Christians

Seminarians from Cheshire in prayer
Legion of Christ seminarians join in prayer for Iraqi Christians.

Even the most faith-filled person can feel helpless in the wake of the current crisis in Iraq involving the forced evacuation of more than 60,000 Christians from their ancient home in Mosul and surrounding areas.

While in prayer, Br. Kyle Crosby LC felt a call to do something more.

“The idea of holding a prayer vigil occurred spontaneously during my conscience exam one night, when I realized that I was interpreting the news events – in particular, the news of the atrocious persecutions in Iraq - in a worldly way and not as a true Christian,” he said. “When I mentioned my experience to a Regnum Christi member the next day and said I wanted to organize a prayer vigil, (that person) immediately understood we had to do something to help our brothers and sisters. She forwarded my proposal on to the Territorial Director and suggested that the entire territory join in prayer for the persecuted Christians on the 17th.”

As it turned out, Bishop Pates of the United States College of Catholic Bishops also asked all US Catholics to join in prayer on August 17 for the persecuted Christians in Iraq and Syria. “This confirmed for me that it was coming
RC members and friends at prayer vigil.
RC members and friends at prayer vigil at Legion of Christ seminary in Cheshire, Connecticut.
from the Holy Spirit," said Br. Kyle. "We decided that the theme for our vigil would be ‘We were all baptized into one body… If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it.’ (1 Cor. 12:12, 26).”

Approximately 30 RC members and friends joined the novices and religious at Cheshire for a one-hour event, including a Liturgy of the Word and Eucharistic Adoration.

“At the end of the event, we invited a member of the local community -- an Iraqi Catholic who had just visited his family in Mosul -- to give us his testimony, which was truly riveting and upsetting,” said Br. Kyle. “Many people came away wanting to do more to help those who are still under persecution in Iraq.”

Br. Kyle said six people who had been contemplating doing so decided that night to join Regnum Christi. (Their incorporation date has not yet been set.)

“The entire experience during the vigil
Poster promoting prayer vigil for Iraqi Christians.
confirmed that the Holy Spirit was at work, and that He wanted us to be more active in listening to His inspirations,” he said. “These inspirations most often come through our everyday encounters with people and circumstances.”



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