For Immediate Release

Contact:Deborah Gilleran

U.N. Day of Peace Prayer Service to Be Held at Georgian Court

Lakewood, N.J., Aug. 30, 2007—Georgian Court University and local community members will observe the United Nations Day of Peace on Thursday, September 20, with a prayer service led by Georgian Court academic advisor Helen Neder, RSM. The event, which will take place at 12:15 p.m. at the GCU Peace Pole on the Lakewood campus, is free and open to the public; no reservations are required.

In 1981, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution declaring an International Day of Peace. Two decades later, the U.N. General Assembly adopted a new resolution declaring each September 21 as the International Day of Peace. Day of Peace observances are held internationally, including at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.

Georgian Court University will hold its observance on September 20, distributing white peace ribbons to symbolize a desire to work and pray for peace. This is the second year that the event has been held on campus.

“Because it’s an international day designated by the U.N. for attention to peace, it’s an important event,” says Sister Neder. She added that last year’s event attracted approximately 100 participants from Georgian Court University and its surrounds. She hopes this year’s event will attract even more people praying for peace.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge and at Coastal Communiversity in Wall and Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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