At the invitation of Archbishop Robert J. Carson, the brothers of the Taizé Community in Taizé, France, will bring the ecumenical Taizé Pilgrimage of Trust to St. Louis following the unrest in Ferguson two years ago.
St. Francis Xavier College Church will host the brothers at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4. The evening will include a time of worship with meditative singing in the style of the Taizé Community, small group conversations and information about participating in the pilgrimage.
The Taizé Community's base is home to about 100 monks - about half Catholic and half Anglican or Protestant - and was founded in 1940 as a place of reconciliation and peace helping Jews fleeing Nazi Germany and Nazi POWs. The community attracts thousands of young people from all over the world each year.
The pilgrimage begins Thursday, Sept. 29, and continues through May. Other places of worship participating in the pilgrimage are:
These evenings are meant to bring together Christians and people of good will from many different churches and backgrounds. Everyone is welcome to attend, with a special invitation for young adults between the ages of 18 and 35. At a time when fear and violence have seemingly become commonplace, the purpose of the pilgrimage is to create a space where people of different backgrounds can come together for prayer and conversation on ways of building trust in their daily lives.