Recent Take Back the Site Vigil

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie joined with the Sisters of Saint Joseph and the Sisters of Mercy for a Take Back the Site (TBTS) Vigil held to remember 5 month old baby Jasper Holmes who died as a result of an act of violence.

TBTS is an opportunity for family, friends, neighbors and those committed to being a presence for peace and non-violence to pray for the victim, as well as the loved ones of both the victim and the victimizer.

The poignancy of the occasion was noted by representatives of Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) who attended the vigil and shared their sadness that a child, the most innocent and vulnerable of humans, died as a result of abuse. BACA President Chad Zaczky spoke at the service and said, “This is a community that comes together and helps one another. We need to do what we can to help prevent this from happening again.”

In closing the group prayed together:

Almighty and everlasting God, may our shared praise rise to you as we remember your presence in the lives of our brothers and sisters. Awaken in us an ever-increasing awareness of the wonder of the gift of LIFE. Teach us the value of each person; keep us ever mindful that the life blood of every person is precious, and that we share responsibility for the life of each person. Amen.

Bikers Against Child Abuse joined in the Vigil.
A large crowd joined to pray for Jasper Holmes.
Prayer and Song marked the occasion.