NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Clergy and parishioners in New Providence are spearheading prayer of the rosary for religious liberty after weekend services were held recently.
According to Pastor Rev. William A. Mahon of Our Lady of Peace Church, services are held after each mass on the weekend in front of the Statue of Our Lady. Prayers are said outside so that the public may be a witness to the freedom of religious liberty.
Rev. Mahon mentioned that one of the first of our freedoms should not be taken away and he stressed that the services are not held to “offend” anyone.
“We’re not trying to say we are better than anyone,” he said. “We’re just trying to say this is what we believe.”
Rev. Mahon, along with the participants and congregation of the church, want people to know that events like these are for the entire community, not just Roman Catholics.
So far, the prayer services have not suffered any backlash and have caused no major problems, Mahon said.
Rev. Mahon described New Providence as a “faith-filled” place. He said that people are very religious in the Borough. He said he wants to give a voice to people that may not have religious freedom and promote the freedom of religion, as well.
Anyone is welcome to join the services to come together for the fight for freedom of worship. The prayers are held by Knights of Columbus Council 783 and include churches such as St. Theresa in Summit and Little Flower in Berkeley Heights.