The Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill invite residents of Greensburg and neighboring communities to join them in celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life with them from November 30, 2014, through February 2, 2016. The sisters’ monthly Taize Prayer for Peace services held on the first Tuesday of each month are the perfect opportunity for visitors of all faiths to pray with the Sisters of Charity during this historic year celebrating religious life.
Taize prayer is a simple but powerful prayer form that takes place in an evening candlelight setting. The prayer begins with the singing of soft, repetitive antiphons set to beautiful melody lines of elegant simplicity. The exquisite harmonies of the repetitive chants are interspersed with periods of silence, meditation, and prayers of praise and intercession. Weather permitting, guests gather at 7:30 p.m. at the Peace Garden located outside of the Queen of Peace Chapel at Doran Hall and processes to the chapel by candlelight for the hour-long prayer service.
Beautiful in its simplicity, the Queen of Peace Chapel is place of serenity that lends itself to the rich worship experience of Taize Prayer services. The architectural features of the chapel were selected for strength and function yet the simplicity of the design created an effortless, clear acoustical flow and a palette for impressive visual artwork that exhibits clarity, beauty, and strength, making it the perfect setting for peaceful meditation.
Taize Tuesday services provide a wonderful opportunity for the local community to unite hearts and hopes in prayer for peace in our world, in our neighborhoods, an in our homes. Parking is available in the Doran Hall parking lot entrance from Mt. Thor Road. For more information, please call the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill at 724-836-0406, ext. 622. Click here for map and directions.
Lynda Waggoner, Vice President of Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and Director of Fallingwater, recently visited the Queen of Peace Chapel with Julia Trimarchi Cuccaro, Director of Development for the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill. She was particularly interested in the natural walnut religious furnishings designed by the internationally known woodworker George Nakashima and made in his woodshop in New Hope, Pennsylvania. She shared her expertise with Cuccaro on preserving the natural beauty of the treasured walnut pieces. Waggoner is past president of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, past Vice President of the Greater Pittsburgh Museum Council, past chairman of the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau, and past vice president of the Pennsylvania Federation of Museums. She currently serves on the Board of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and the Community Foundation of Fayette County and the Advisory Board of Preservation Pennsylvania.