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Archbishop joins interfaith prayer circle for UPS victims

02 PAGE UPS ABCArchbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone was one of five faith leaders who led a prayer service June 19 outside the UPS facility in San Francisco, where four employees were fatally shot June 14. (Photo by Christina Gray/Catholic San Francisco)

June 22, 2017
Christina Gray

Catholic, Episcopal, Buddhist, Jewish and Muslim faith leaders in San Francisco led a crowd of about 75 in a street corner prayer service outside the UPS facility in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill district on June 19, six days after three UPS employees were killed in a workplace shooting.

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone joined Rev. Richard Smith of St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, Imam Al Amin of San Francisco Community Center, Rabbi Katie Mizrahi of Or Shalom Jewish Community and Rev. Ronald K. Kobata of the Buddhist Church of San Francisco in remembering UPS employees Michael Lefiti, Benson Louie and Wayne Chan. The men were shot on June 14 by co-worker Jimmy Lam, who then took his own life.

Three of the victims’ co-workers held a candle representing each victim while the faith leaders shared prayers and hope for healing not only for the families and friends, but for society itself.

“Even on this beautiful summer day, today feels gloomy,” said Rev. Smith. “Show us how to wipe the tears from our eyes and drop the weapons from our hands.”

Rev. Kobata rang a brass chime for each victim and led a brief meditation saying that, “today, UPS also means United in Prayer for Sanity.”

“Our society is deeply wounded, but we cannot heal it alone,” said Archbishop Cordileone, who concluded the service by leading the assembly in the Prayer of St. Francis.

The service was organized by Archdiocese of San Francisco’s Restorative Justice Ministry, which regularly holds services for crime victims.

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