Prayers Unite the World marked its fifth year of bringing people together through prayer with an event Oct. 28 at Archbishop Ryan High School in Philadelphia.

The small nonprofit led by its founder, former Archbishop Ryan teacher Ed Lawrence, gathered board members, prayer partners and Auxiliary Bishop Michael Fitzgerald for a program in which three Archbishop Ryan students sharing their personal experiences with intercessory prayer.

It was an example of how PUTW joins more than 100 religious communities and Catholic organizations from all over the world together to pray for those in need of prayer.

Whether someone feels alone and in need of prayer or seeks prayers for others, PrayersUniteTheWorld.org provides a way to ask for those prayers. Within 24 hours of making a prayer request, a person receives a response naming five religious communities and/or Catholic organizations that are praying for their prayer intention.

During the program, Lawrence thanked those who helped him create the organization, including Archbishop Ryan graduate Tom Wambold, who created the PUTW website.

Participants speaking during the program included Lawrence, Bishop Fitzgerald, Archbishop Ryan Principal Joseph McFadden, former President Michael Barnett and Msgr. John Jagodzinski, pastor emeritus of St. Katharine of Siena Parish in Wayne.

Through a video message, Archbishop Nelson Perez thanked PUTW prayer partners and called everyone to draw closer to Christ through prayer and receiving the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

To learn more about Prayers Unite the World or to make a prayer request, visit prayersunitetheworld.org. For questions contact prayersunitetheworld@gmail.com.