Local residents pray for oil spill victims

June 17, 2010 9:46:07 PM PDT
Dozens of people took part in a prayer service at a Catholic church in Raleigh Thursday night.Several churches in North Carolina gathered at 7 p.m. in a show of unity and support for those most affected by the largest oil disaster in U.S. history.

"When I see that an unnatural disaster has created so much destruction, it saddens me," Durham resident Susan Concannon said.

Concannon was one of about 50 people at the St. Mary of the Angels Chapel on Leesville Road who were so moved by images of the oil spill, that they felt compelled to action through prayer.

"It was a wonderful opportunity to confess that at some level, I too have contributed to the tragedy in the Gulf," Concannon said.

The tragedy has claimed the lives of 11 people and is threatening the livelihood of thousands of residents in the Gulf.

In the meantime, the response to the oil spill has been practical.

"How to protect the shoreline, how to clean the shoreline, how to ensure something like this never happens again," said William D. Dinges with the Catholic University of America.

But according to leaders in the Catholic faith, there is is still a lot of work to be done on a spiritual level.

"The response from all of us should be obvious, prayer, concern, support," Dinges said.

In addition to prayer, there is talk about individual responsibility --things everyone can all do to reduce energy consumption and protect the environment.

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