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Wheeling Jesuit to take part in statewide candlelight prayer for W.Va. waterways

Updated: Tuesday, January 21 2014, 09:41 AM EST

WHEELING, W.Va. --

The Wheeling Jesuit University community will take part in a statewide candlelight prayer at 6 p.m. Tuesday to stand in solidarity with those affected by the recent chemical spill in Charleston.

The event was originally scheduled to be held near the shore of Wheeling Creek, but due to inclement weather, the service will instead be held at the Chapel of Mary & Joseph on the WJU campus.

The service is being organized statewide by the Citizens for Real Enforcement campaign. CARE is inviting all West Virginians to take part in a prayer service near their local waterways and pray for clean water. In addition, the service is a way for communities to stand together during this time of crisis to show how much clean water means to the state.

“The event also will focus on the need for our state, nation and world to protect our water, and critically look at practices that are currently harming our environment and citizens,” said Beth Collins, director of the Appalachian Institute at Wheeling Jesuit.

WJU Campus Ministry and the Appalachian Institute are hosting the event locally. Students and the WJU community will gather at the chapel for the service, which is expected to last about 20 minutes.

WJU Campus Ministry is also donating all money collected at their 11 a.m., 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. chapel services on Sunday, Jan. 26, to residents who were out of work during the crisis and who need to replace any plumbing fixtures.

Wheeling Jesuit to take part in statewide candlelight prayer for W.Va. waterways


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