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‘Collars on the Corner’ take prayer requests in Milwaukee


Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 08/05/17

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When the light turned red at the corner of 51st and Center streets, Deacon Kevin Stewart of the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee and four other clergymen walked into the street and handed people in cars water bottles.

A couple minutes later, one of the cars returned to the intersection and told them they blessed his day and made it better.

“We’re just handing out water and praying, but God’s doing the heavy lifting,” Deacon Jim Starke of St. Boniface Catholic Parish said.

Shortly after, a couple stopped at the red light, rolled down their window and asked the five clergymen what was going on. The clergymen told them they were on the corner for one purpose only, to be present in the community. They offered them a water bottle.

The couple accepted the water and made small talk with the men until the light turned green. Before they went on their way, they asked the men in collars if they would pray for the husband as he had just lost his job.

Deacon Scott Campbell of St. William Catholic Parish went to the little brown table set up on the sidewalk and wrote that prayer down on a blank piece of paper and slid it into a wooden box.

That prayer, along with others from that day, would be added to a worldwide prayer chain.

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