A Peace Pole is an internationally recognized symbol of the hopes and dreams of the entire human family, standing vigil in silent prayer for peace on earth.

The prayer, “May peace prevail on Earth,” was written in 1955 by the late Msahisa Goi, a Japanese philosopher, pacifist, peace activist, poet, writer, singer and founder of The World Peace Prayer Society. He sought to spread the desire for peace in people throughout the world.

The prayer is written in English and other languages on the sides of the peace pole. Peace Poles can be found in 180 countries and on all continents.

On Brigidine Day, September 1, we blessed and unveiled Clonard’s Peace Pole. We acknowledge the creative efforts of the students who submitted designs for panels and helped write the word ‘peace’ in the languages that are spoken within our community. We are grateful for the generosity of Ms Ellmer, who took the creative ideas and painted them in a series of panels that represent the students’ view of peace. Thank you to the Liturgy and Identity Team which oversaw the project and the students who enthusiastically assisted with the rite.