Peace Light of Bethlehem


A Unique Opportunity is Available to Pray for Peace with the

Eternal Flame from Bethlehem

A flame from the grotto in Bethlehem will be available in the Indianapolis area early in December.

The Peace Light is a continuous flame and can have a profoundly positive impact on participants who share in this opportunity. Many volunteers will help spread the light from Bethlehem all over the world.  After the flame arrives in NYC, a driver will transport the flame from the east coast with stops in Indianapolis and Lafayette, IN to help spread the light across the United States.

Each year, a child from Upper Austria fetches the light from the grotto in Bethlehem where Jesus was born. The light is then flown to Austria from where it is distributed

at a Service of Dedication to delegations from across Europe who take it back, with a message of Peace, to their own countries for use at ecumenical services throughout

the Continent. Scouts and Guides can then take the light on to houses of worship,  hospitals, homeless shelters, old people homes, prisons, and places of public,

cultural and political importance - to anybody who appreciates the significance of the "gift".

Members of the Catholic Committee on Scouting and other volunteers in Indianapolis and beyond will help spread the light in Indiana. Currently Ceremonies are scheduled at:

Our Lady of Lourdes, 5333 East Washington St., Indpls., IN 46219, on Monday, Dec. 9 at 3:30pm

St. Lawrence, 6944 E. 46th St., Indpls., IN 46226, on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 6:15pm

St. Agnes, 1008 McLary Rd., Nashville, IN 47448 on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 3:00pm


Once you receive the flame you may prepare your own ceremony. Some previous ceremonies have been after Mass, a separate event, or part of a scout activity. After your ceremony the flame can be left burning in a church so others can light their own candle from it.


Lanterns or seven-day candles work well for keeping the flame at home or church.  Three-day candles are also available.  Many people keep the candle lit on a mantel, by the base of a fireplace, in the kitchen, or other places in the home until Christmas Day and even into the New Year.


Please call or text Theresa Nees at 317-430-4834 or email with any questions.


                              Information provided by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis

Catholic Committee on Scouting

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