St. Francis Catholic Church
65 E 500 N
Utah Valley’s National Day of Prayer service will be held on Thursday, May 2 at 7 p.m. The event will be held at St. Francis Catholic Church: 65 E 500 N. in Orem and is open to all denominations. The theme for this year’s event is “Pray for America – UNITY.”
Event sponsors include the America’s Freedom Festival at Provo, the Utah Valley Interfaith Association, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, and Utah Valley University.
“National Day of Prayer is an opportunity to bring the community together as an organized union,” said Kena Mathews, chairperson of the event. “This isn’t just about praying for those around us, but the world as whole.”
The event will be centered around uplifting music, as well as scriptures and prayers from local interfaith leaders. The National Anthem will be performed by One Voice, who will also be performing other musical numbers throughout the program. The St. Francis of Assisi Choir will perform ‘Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi’ among other numbers. The Wasatch and the Orem Chorales will also be performing, and Milt Thibault will perform a cello solo.
The Utah National Guard will provide a detail to post and retire the National and State colors. Prayers, scripture readings, and charity overviews will be given by various community, government, and religious leaders.
“This event is something that can truly unify the community,” said Chaplain Linda P. Walton, Utah Valley Interfaith Association chair. “This is an important step we work to promote religious tolerance. We would like all people to feel included in this event and invite everyone to come and participate with us.”