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Promoting peace at Osage

Promoting peace at Osage - (12-06-2012)

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Photo: Kathy Conry (right) is thrilled to reconnect with Sister Pascaline Coff, who recently visited friends at Osage Forest of Peace in Tulsa, Okla., for a ceremony. Photo courtesy of Conry and Joe Farney.

Sister Pascaline Coff, OSB, recently returned to Tulsa, Okla., and to the ashram she helped build more than 30 years ago. She took part in the dedication of the community's new Peace Pole, which includes the inscribed words, "May peace prevail on earth," written in four different languages: English, Japanese, Sanskrit and Cherokee.

After almost 30 years as a Benedictine Monastery dedicated as a place of prayer and peace for all the world's faiths, the Benedictine Sisters transferred ownership of the property to a lay group in 2008. However, the influence of Sister Pascaline and the respect held for her and her Sisters is still strong today.

"It is a delight to see dedicated lay persons continuing the tradition begun by Sister Pascaline and her fellow Benedictine Sisters when they founded the original Osage Forest of Peace Monastery in 1979," BSPA Director of Communications Kelley Baldwin said. "It has always possessed a gentle spirit, as a place of retreat, of quiet solitude and meditation. It remains a little bit of heaven on earth, and it is wonderful to witness others enjoying its sacred space."

To learn more about Osage Forest of Peace, prayer and retreat opportunities and programs, please visit them online at http://www.forestofpeace.org/.