Commission for Ecumenism & Interfaith Dialogue

Spirit of Assisi Peace Concert


On 27 October 1986, Pope John Paul II called the leaders of the world’s religions together in Assisi, Italy, to pray for peace.

It was an unprecedented, courageous and historic event. The choice of the city of Assisi was not by chance. It was the city of St Francis whose life 800 years ago was a strong example of peace and dialogue with all peoples, a life which continues to inspire people of all faiths and those who struggle with faith.

Twenty five years later, Pope Benedict XVI has called together religious leaders to remind us all of the importance of dialogue and prayer. Throughout the world, similar events will be replicated in October 2011.

The Franciscan Friars of the Province of the Holy Spirit (Australia – Aotearoa New Zealand) are collaborating with others to present public events to commemorate the original gathering of religious leaders.

Friar Paul Smith, Provincial Minister of the Province of the Holy Spirit, invites you to participate in remembering the ‘Spirit of Assisi’ as best you can.

“In Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland, there are public events where we invite you to join religious leaders in prayer, music and song. No matter which is our faith tradition, we are all called to discover creative ways in which to seek dialogue, build peace and harmony and work for justice in our own day,” Friar Paul said.

“Our world has changed so much in the past 25 years. More than ever we need to foster deeper dialogue that leads to peace. Rather than only looking for a pathway to peace, we must ensure that peace is the pathway along which we all walk together. Prayer together can prepare that path.”

The Franciscans invite you to share in these events. We invite you also to pray in your own way, in your own home, that our world will be a place of peace and harmony, hope and reconciliation, justice and respect.

A Spirit of Assisi Peace Concert will bring together Sydney's religious leaders, local, state and federal elected representatives in the magnificent 1000-seat Pitt Street Uniting Church in Sydney's CBD at 7.30pm on Saturday 29 October.

The evening will feature instrumental and choral music and reflections on peace.

Choral items include Song for Athene by John Tavener, Sanctus from The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins and The Lord is My Shepherd by Howard Goodall.

Performers include: Jane Rutter, flautist, Australia's foremost Flute Queen; Dr Kim Cunio and Heather Lee, Australia's leading sacred music duo; the evening’s musical director Lanneke Wallace-Wells from The Song Company; and Jassen Rose, organist.

The evening will showcase a wonderful selection of professional, parish, school and university choirs.

Purchase tickets from or group bookings (more than ten persons) on 02 9369 9393

All proceeds to the House of Welcome, Carramar a support service for refugees and asylum seekers

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