January 1, 2023 | Your Stories
Fr. Stephen Van Lal Than

George Gray, an assistant professor of social work at Brescia University, and Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph Rebecca White, OSU, stand by the peace crane tree they recently helped decorate for NonViolent Owensboro. COURTESY OF MOUNT SAINT JOSEPH

‘Peace is everything’

BY MOUNT SAINT JOSEPH STAFF, SPECIAL TO THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC

George Gray, an assistant professor of social work at Brescia University, and Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph Rebecca White, OSU, recently helped decorate a peace crane tree for the holidays at Daviess County Public Library in Owensboro.

The tree was decorated by members of NonViolent Owensboro whose goal had been to create close to 1,000 origami paper cranes for the tree. The idea for the cranes was based on the true story of Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese girl who developed leukemia after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima during World War II. She had a goal of folding 1,000 peace cranes before her death at age 12.

Some of the cranes on the tree were decorated by local children who visited the NonViolent Owensboro booth at events this past year, including Juneteenth and the Multicultural Festival.

“Peace is everything” was the main message a young person wrote on one of the creatively decorated cranes.


Originally printed in the January 2023 issue of The Western Kentucky Catholic.

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