The faithful came to St. Raymond of Penafort Church in Philadelphia’s Mount Airy section June 21 to pray for the nine victims of the shooting an a Chalreston, S.C., church last week and for an end to violence. Father Christopher Walsh, pastor of St. Raymond’s, led the prayer vigil that was followed by Bible study sessions June 24 at four Catholic parishes on the one-week anniversary of the shootings. Read full our coverage of the prayerful gatherings in Philadelphia. (Photos by Sarah Webb)
Friends Maria Sawick and Joselli Deans link arms and sing “We Shall Overcome.”
Father Christopher Walsh leads the prayer service at dusk at St. Raymond Church.
One candle for each of the lives lost sits on the steps of St. Raymond Church.
Holding hands and linking arms, people sing together in prayer.
Those in attendance begin lighting their candles at dusk.
Father Christopher Walsh, pastor of St. Raymond, leads the prayer service in front of the church at dusk.
Young and old, different races (primarily African-American) come together in prayerful solidarity with the AME Emanuel Church in Charleston, S.C., site of the June 17 murder of nine church members during their Bible study.
Stephen Mathis removes his hat and prays for each of the nine people who lost their lives as Father Chris Walsh reads the name and biography of each person.
Tory Pryor attended the prayer vigil with her great-great grandmother Beverly Burton in prayer for a better tomorrow.
James McKnight prays for the nine people killed in the South Carolina church shooting.