In the wake of much racial unrest and in honor of the 57th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s March on Washington, the chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism has requested a national day of prayer and fasting.

“As bishops, we unequivocally state that racism is a life issue. Accordingly, we will not cease to forcefully speak against and work toward ending racism. Racism directly places brother and sister against each other, violating the dignity inherent in each person.” 

 – U.S. Catholic bishops, Open Wide Our Hearts, nos. 587-590

Join the Day of Prayer for Peace in our Communities on the Feast of St. Peter Claver (September 9th).




  • Explore parish and school resources to share with your community inspired by Open Wide Our Hearts.
  • Observe a day of prayer and fasting on the Feast of St. Peter Claver

Learn more about how the Church is praying, learning, and acting against racism, and how we can get involved by visiting our full library of resources.