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Our lives are affected by the violence around us, whether it be from watching the news or from the death of someone close to us in an act of brutality. The Sisters of the Precious Blood want to express our solidarity with those who have lost a loved one to violence by praying for your families and community. In 1994, we initiated prayer at homicide sites in Dayton, Ohio — now we want to open up our prayer to the world. Join us as we step toward ending violence in our world.

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Anthony Matthews & George Davis

Virtual candle lit for Anthony Matthews & George Davis

November 4, 2022

Special thanks to each of you who were present at our first post-COVID vigil. We were blessed to have members of the George Davis family with us. It is our hope that the “community” gathering in a centralized location will increase participation and awareness of our need to prayerfully affirm the sacredness of all life. For those who couldn’t join us last week, just a reminder that we now meet at 12:00 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month at McIntosh Park on Riverview/Edwin C. Moses Blvd. So, our next date is November 12th. If you cannot be with us at the park, please keep these victims and families in prayer. Since the vigil on October 7, the following have lost their lives: October 11 — Anthony Matthews, 56, on McCall St. Remembering George Davis again. Blessings to each of you as we approach the season of Thanksgiving. — Sister Jeanette Buehler

Daniel Thomas, Kyle K. Gilmore, Michael Avery, Jairemiah Glenn, Glenda Pope, Samuel G. Osborn, Mark Danley, Clinton J. Pierce, Elijah Stollings and Terrance Bass

Virtual candle lit for Daniel Thomas, Kyle K. Gilmore, Michael Avery, Jairemiah Glenn, Glenda Pope, Samuel G. Osborn, Mark Danley, Clinton J. Pierce, Elijah Stollings and Terrance Bass

September 7, 2022

As August draws to a close, we want to remember those members of our community who lost their lives by violence. This month we pray for three who died at the end of July along with 7 during August. We remember: July 28 - DANIEL THOMAS, 59, machete, Ridge Ave.; July 29, KYLE K. GILMORE, two-months-old, killed by his father, White Oak Dr.; July 30, MICHAEL AVERY, 42, stabbed to death in domestic violence, Rugby Rd.; JAIREMIAH GLENN, 17, accidental shooting, Yale Ave.; Aug. 13, GLENDA POPE, 65, stabbing; Wentworth Apartments; Aug. 14, SAMUEL G. OSBORN, 40, stabbing, Chelsea Ave.; Aug. 15, MARK DANLEY, 58, hit and run, Philadelphia Dr.; Aug. 18, CLINTON J. PIERCE, 44, shot, 400 block of Burkhardt Ave.; Aug. 21, ELIJAH STOLLINGS, 20, homicide, Shiloh Springs Rd.; Aug. 24, TERRANCE BASS, 28, hit and run, crossing Cornell Dr. at Fotip Ln. Each of these persons was loved by someone who now grieves their loss. Perpetrators must live knowing that they took the lives of another human being. The ripples of violence spread and our community is less because of it. Let us not become insensitive to the violence around us. PRAYER (Rev. Sylvia Moseley-Robinson) SCRIPTURE: Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. REFLECTION: Writer, Anne Lamott “During your life, you will lose someone you can’t live without. And your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly – that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp.” God has given us permission to grieve with the promise of comfort. Our brothers and sisters in Dayton continue to dance with a limp and love with broken hearts as we grieve at the violent loss of lives in our communities. We love with broken hearts as we pray and work for a non-violent future for ourselves, our children and our generations. PRAYER: Healing God, we ask for your guidance as we encounter those who live among us and are grieving the tremendous loss of life that we are continuously experiencing. Please be with the families, mothers, fathers and children of the victims of violence. Please God, put others around them that will walk with them through this new reality as they grieve. We pray for the souls of the ones that committed these acts of violence as well as their families. We pray for our communities who will forever miss the lives that were taken from us and we thank you for your grace and your mercy. In Jesus name. Amen.

Let us pray for all victims of violence and those affected by it

Virtual candle lit for Let us pray for all victims of violence and those affected by it

August 1, 2022

There have been a number of shootings this past month with no report of actual deaths. In two of the most serious shootings, neither victim was identified. One man, 28 years old, was listed in critical condition and another injured in an altercation in which the intended target defended himself. In a separate shooting, the condition of a 30-year-old man was not given. The person who shot him was charged with "felonious assault" rather than homicide. Regardless of the circumstances, let us pray for all victims of violence and those affected by it. God of life, source of hope the violence within our world, our communities, our families, indeed our very selves is destroying Your creation. In union with the Precious Blood of Jesus, give us the strength to break the cycle of violence, to hear the cry of the blood and make sacred again Your earth stained by blood. Amen. AN UPDATE: The question has been raised as to when the on-site vigils will restart. At this time we are considering changes to the format. Know that any decisions made will be based on the values of prayer, presence and witness. ADDENDUM: I sincerely apologize for having missed 2 homicides early in July. It is my hope that you will hold both of these young men and their families in your prayers. Both died of gunshot wounds. To lose their lives at such young ages is especially difficult for family and friends. July 6 — Justin Brown, 21, 1700 block of W. Riverview Avenue July 9 — Devin Taione Bennett, 18, 1900 block of Gant Dr. — Thank you for remembering them, Sister Jeanette Buehler.

Jason, Michele, their Family’s salvation

Virtual candle lit for Jason, Michele, their Family’s salvation

August 1, 2022

Please, pray for Jason, Michele, and their families’ salvation. Jason doesn’t believe God exists and Michele doesn’t think he needs to have a personal relationship. Please pray that they are saved, they return to Tecla and I, and we follow God together. Thank you!

Darrell Holderman, Jarren Allen, Jamell Brown, Mark Watts, Aisha Nelson and daughter Harper Monroe Guynn.

Virtual candle lit for Darrell Holderman, Jarren Allen, Jamell Brown, Mark Watts, Aisha Nelson and daughter Harper Monroe Guynn.

June 30, 2022

As June draws to a close, we have had 6 gun-related homicides this month claiming the lives of six persons ranging in age from 6 to 78. The victims are: June 1: Darrell Holderman, 78, a security guard at Miami Valley Hospital; June 6: Jarren Allen, 30, shot in his backyard on Clemmer St.; June 8: Jamell Brown, 37, killed in the 300 block of Woodward Ave.; June 20: Mark Watts, 33, during a Fathers’ Day event in Harrison Township; June 23: Aisha Nelson 31, and daughter, Harper Monroe Guynn, 6 in their home on Burleigh Ave. In addition to these killings there have been a number of shootings in our community. Recent decisions lessening gun restrictions by Ohio’s legislature and by the Supreme Court cause us to wonder if both shootings and homicides will increase. All life is precious; all life must be protected. HOMICIDE PRAYER VIGIL, June 2022 OPENING PRAYER: Faithful and loving God, with your help we come this day to stand up to violence. We stand together expressing our unity, our connection to each other and to you who are our hope for healing and transformation. Let your Spirit move through us. Help us to transform and heal our communities by first transforming ourselves. Let us be images of your Son Jesus who died that all people would know your love. We come in peace and with hope for a better world as we remember victims of violence and their families. Scripture Reading: Habakkuk 1:2, 2:1-3 “How long God am I to cry for help while you will not listen; to cry ‘Violence’ in your ear while you will not save? I shall stand at my post, I shall station myself on my watch-tower, watching what he will say to me, what answer he will make to my complaints. Then God answered me and said, ‘Write the vision down, inscribe it on tablets to be easily read. For the vision is for its appointed time, it hastens towards its end and it will not lie, although it may take some time, wait for it, for come it certainly will before too long.” Luke 6:36-39 “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you.” Reflection: What is the vision for which we pray? What does Jesus’ vision require of us? Response in Prayer: Loving God, each person is of your creation, Darrell, Jarren, Jamell, Mark, Aisha and Harper, Give everlasting peace to each of them! Loving God, so many people are in pain and grieving today especially the families and friends of those whom we mentioned and all who have lost loved ones to violence, Give them strength and peace and have companions to journey with! Loving God, our streets and lives are stained with the blood of our brothers and sisters, all with a unique story and many wanting someone who cares, Help us reach out to them with healing and a life-giving presence! Loving God, in our lives, our neighborhoods and the world, especially at places of violence and bloodshed, we grieve, Give us hearts of reconciliation and show us the way to peace! Loving God, when we see people alone, hungry, discriminated against or victims of hate, Teach us to respect everyone with human dignity! Loving God, when people are tested and turn to guns and violence to solve problems or differences, Make our hearts stand in solidarity with Jesus and the victims as we try to change our systems! Loving God, men and women in law enforcement face daily challenges, Give them wisdom and integrity as they seek to protect and serve all members of our communities! Prayer to End Violence: God of life, source of hope, the violence within our world, our communities, our families, indeed within our very selves is destroying Your creation. In union with the Precious Blood of Jesus, give us strength to break the cycle of violence, to hear the cry of the blood and make sacred Your earth stained by blood. This we ask in Jesus Name. AMEN. Peace be with you!! “Let there be peace on earth.”

For a Father Aquiles Cabarrubias on Father’s Day and Repose of His Soul

Virtual candle lit for For a Father Aquiles Cabarrubias on Father’s Day and Repose of His Soul

June 21, 2022

Pericles Bernard Cabarrubias, For a Deceased Parent Aquiles on Father’s Day: O God, Who has commanded us to honor our father Aquiles, have compassion in Thy mercy, on the soul of my father Aquiles; forgive him his sins, and grant that I may see him in the joy of eternal brightness. Through Christ our Lord, Amen. et convertet cor patrum ad filios et cor filiorum ad patres eorum, Prayer for Fathers, 19 June 2022. God our Father, in your wisdom and love you made all things. Bless these men, that they may be strengthened as Christian fathers. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen. The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Corpus Christi Prayer , Let us pray for the willingness to make present in our world the love of Christ shown to us in the Eucharist, Lord Jesus Christ, we worship you living among us in the sacrament of your body and blood. May we offer to our Father in heaven a solemn pledge of undivided love. May we offer to our brothers and sisters a life poured out in loving service of that kingdom where you live with the Father and the Holy Spirit one God for ever and ever. Amen. Apostleship of Prayer - Philippines, Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary - Family of St. Dominic in Cebu, Philippines.

Taylor Johnson, Steven L. Arnold, Myquan R. Taylor, Reinaldo Gomez Taylor, Jermaine Chatham, Bobbie Daniels and those in Buffalo, Uvalde and Ukraine

Virtual candle lit for Taylor Johnson, Steven L. Arnold, Myquan R. Taylor,  Reinaldo Gomez Taylor, Jermaine Chatham, Bobbie Daniels and those in Buffalo, Uvalde and Ukraine

June 2, 2022

The month of May will be remembered as a month of grieving. From Buffalo, NY to Uvalde, TX lives of young and old have been lost to hatred and gun violence. Here in our own community, families have also experienced the deaths of those they loved: May 6 Taylor Johnson, 21, found shot to death in a car on Saylor St. in Harrison Twp.; May 16 Steven L. Arnold, 39 shot on W. Third St., died on May 17; May 18 Myquan R. Taylor, 29, shot on Stewart St., died 3 days later on May 21. May 28 Reinaldo Gomez Taylor, 33, shot near Save-A-Lot on N. Gettysburg Ave.; May 29 Jermaine Chatham, 42, shot in the 700 block of Parkview Ave.; May 31 Bobbie Daniels, 40, shot while cutting grass in Trotwood. And we remember the countless lives ended in Ukraine. “Thoughts and prayers are not enough.” This is a phrase so often heard during this time of so much loss and grief. And yet we do pray mindful that God works through us and calls us to build a better world. Scripture: Revelations 21: 1 3-4 Then I saw new heavens and a new earth. The former heavens and the former earth had passed away ... I heard a voice from the throne cry out: 'This is God’ dwelling among [all people]. He shall dwell with them and they shall be his people and he shall be their God who is always with them. He shall wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, crying out or pain, for the former world has passed away. We pray: God of our lives, you are always calling us to follow you into the future, inviting us to new ventures, new challenges, new ways to care, new ways to touch the hearts of all. When we become fearful of the unknown, give us courage. When we worry that we are not up to the task, remind us that you would not call us if you did not believe in us. When we get tired or feel disappointed with the way thing are going, remind us that you can bring change and hope out of the most difficult situation. (Kathy Galloway) We reflect: In this culture of racism and violence, to what is God calling me? With which of the feelings in the above prayer do I most identify? Where do I find hope? In Scripture, in persons, in movements, in ... We ask: God in your mercy, hear us. For Taylor, Steven, Myquan, Reinaldo, Jermaine, Bobbie and all victims of violence, especially those in Buffalo, Uvalde and Ukraine ... For the family and friends of all who grieve ... For all who inflict violence, that they find both justice and mercy ... For wisdom guidance and compassion on all who serve the common good ... For ourselves, that we may actively pursue lives of non-violence ... For these intentions that I hold in my heart ... OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN ...

The people of Ukraine

Virtual candle lit for The people of Ukraine

May 19, 2022

God, change the hearts of those who war on the nation of Ukraine. Protect and show mercy to those displaced by this conflict.

Ronnie J. Brown

Virtual candle lit for Ronnie J. Brown

April 30, 2022

In the midst of celebrating the new life of spring and the resurrected life of Jesus, we remember homicide victim Ronnie J. Brown, 60. Mr. Brown, a security employee at Setters Volleyball Club, died on April 25, two days after being assaulted while on duty. “He was everybody’s everything, he knew everybody, he was a friend of everybody,” said an employee at Setters. Let us hold his family and all those who knew and loved Ronnie in our prayers. “I have come that they may have life and have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10) PRAYER OF REMEMBRANCE: God of the sorrowing, we pray for family and friends of Ronnie who have been touched by his death. Wipe away the tears from their eyes. May they who mourn be comforted by the fact that nothing can separate them from your love. For Ronnie death came as a thief in the night. We trust that he is now experiencing new life in your kingdom. From this tragedy may we find strength and courage to work against the violence that seeks to destroy families, neighborhoods and the world itself. As people of faith, we commend this brother of ours into your hands. Amen. SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 43: 1-3a-4 Thus says the Lord, who created you and formed you: Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the water, I will be with you; in the rivers you shall not drown. When you walk through fire, you shall not be burned; the flames shall not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God ... you are precious in my eyes and glorious, and because I love you ... PETITIONS: Let us remember Ronnie, those who loved him and all victims of violence. We acknowledge their deep pain and grief. They are a part of our human community and they need our love and help towards healing. Let us remember those who perpetuate violence and their families who also suffer. We acknowledge the need for both justice and mercy. Let us remember all those who work to keep our city and communities safe. We acknowledge their need for wisdom and courage in their efforts to fulfill their call of service for all. Let us remember people throughout the world who suffer violence and death, especially the people of Ukraine and other worn-torn countries. We acknowledge that we are all brothers and sisters in our common home who need to care for one another. We make these prayers in the name of Jesus Christ who shed his blood so that all might know the love and mercy of God.

Chendo Lamont (BJ) Burford, Juan Moore, Lesha Owens, Turell Justice and Anthony Render

Virtual candle lit for Chendo Lamont (BJ) Burford, Juan Moore, Lesha Owens, Turell Justice and Anthony Render

March 31, 2022

As March ends, we remember 5 persons whose lives ended by gun violence during this month. March 2, Chendo Lamont (BJ) Burford, 26; March 3, Juan Moore, 25; March 6, Lesha Owens, 24 and Turell Justice, 35 (both shot at a traffic light); Anthony Render, 47 (shot on the 26th and died on the 28th). We hold them, their loved ones and all victim of violence – including those in Ukraine in our thoughts and prayers. (Prayer & Scripture, Barbara Mosley, Omega Baptist) PRAYER: Heavenly Father, we ask today that you bind up the wounds of all who suffer from gun violence: those who were aggressive in these acts (perpetrators), those left alone to grieve, and those who struggle to get through one more day. We realize that every moment of our brief life is known by you! For our loved ones, for our neighbors, for strangers and those known to you – make us instruments of your peace. For our government, for our world leaders, for safety personnel and all authority figures – make us instruments of your peace. Lastly, your word in Hebrews 12:14 [reminds us]: Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. Amen. SCRIPTURE The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my Savior, my God, my rock in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the strength of my salvation, my stronghold. But in my distress I cried out to the Lord; yes, I prayed to my God for help, He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry reached his ears. (Psalm 18:26-27, NIV translation) REFLECTION: What phrase in this Psalm speaks to me as if I were a parent, a spouse, a sibling, a friend who lost one of these victims (or a loved one in Ukraine) to violence? Pray the Psalm again with the mind/heart of that person. RECONCILIATION PRAYER (Sister Carol Orf, CPPS – O’Fallon) God, teach us to live the Gospel of Reconciliation… Where there is hurt, We encourage forgiveness, not revenge Where there is brokenness, We seek healing, not division. In times of distress, We promote harmony, not discord. In this world, We desire to live as friends, not enemies. And to be Reconciliation, We live a life of humility, not arrogance. We seek this gift in the name of Jesus, Who suffered and died so that “all may be one.”

Destiny Davis

Virtual candle lit for Destiny Davis

March 1, 2022

During the month of February we lost one person to homicidal violence: Destiny Davis, 19. She leaves one son and many grieving family members. Destiny's funeral was held in Lima, Ohio, though she and some family have been living here in Dayton. She will be remembered during our ANNUAL MEMORIAL this coming Saturday, March 5th on Facebook Live beginning at 12:00 noon. The service will be coming from the chapel of the Sisters of the Precious Blood (Salem Heights). Joining in our memorial will be members from the World House Choir. Please join us on and invite others to pray with us for homicide victims from March 2021 to March 5th of 2022.

Johnny A. Fleming, Darryl Dean, Marty Powers, Emily Warrell, Brandon Cooper

Virtual candle lit for Johnny A. Fleming, Darryl Dean, Marty Powers, Emily Warrell, Brandon Cooper

February 1, 2022

At the end of December we reported no homicides. However 2 deaths had occurred in Trotwood on December 16th — that of Trinity Elam, 3, and her father. An ongoing investigation was initiated. The coroner ruled their shooting deaths as a murder/suicide (DDN, 1-29-22). We can only imagine the grief the family continues to experience. As the month of January ends so have the lives of the following persons: January 2: Johnny A. Fleming, 43, killed in the area of Sumac Ct. and Majestic Dr. January 4: Darryl Dean, 62 and Marty Powers, 29 on Randolph St. near Lakeview. January 13: Emily Warrell, 40, Patterson near Stewart, being investigated as homicide. January 26: Brandon Cooper, 35, Lyft driver, shot to death in his car on Ferguson Ave. Let us pray for each of them as well as their families, friends, and all who loved them. SPECIAL NOTE: Our annual memorial prayer service for victims and families will be held on Facebook Live, Saturday, March 5th beginning at 12:00 noon. It will be hosted at Salem Heights, central house of the Sisters of the Precious Blood. Joining in the remembrance will be members of the World House Choir. Please mark your calendars and join us at: PRAYER: God of the sorrowing, we pray for family and friends of Trinity Elam, Johnny Fleming, Darryl Dean, Marty Powers and Brandon Cooper. May you wipe away the tears from their eyes. May they be comforted by the fact that nothing can separate them from your love. For each victim death came as a thief in the night. We trust that they are now experiencing new life in your kingdom. From these tragic deaths may we find the courage to overcome the violence that seeks to destroy families and neighborhoods. We make this prayer trusting in the power of Jesus’ Precious Blood shed for all humankind. Amen. SCRIPTURE: Lamentations 3: 22-24. The favors of the Lord are not exhausted, His mercies are not spent. They are renewed each morning, so great is his faithfulness. My portion is the Lord, says my soul; therefore will I hope in him. REFLECTION: What word or phrase most speaks to me? PERSONAL PRAYER FOR: VICTIMS, FAMILIES/ LOVED ONES, PERPETRATORS, POLICE, NEIGHBORHOODS, AND AN END TO ALL FORMS OF VIOLENCE THROUGHOUT OUR WORLD. LORD, MAKE US INSTRUMENTS OF YOUR PEACE

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