Living Life *FOR* Peace

St. Mary School Highlights "We Are One" Theme

Interfaith Panel Speaks to Junior High Students on Shared Values

Carrying on the tradition and mission of the Sisters of the Holy Names to continue interfaith dialog with our Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, and Hindu brothers and sisters, speakers from ING (Islamic Network Group) visited St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception School on Friday, September 16 to discuss the human and ethical values they share with one another.

The panel illustrated the possibility and the necessity for diverse religions to join together in a common effort for a more harmonious and peaceful world. Facilitated by retired St. Martin of Tours RCIA Director Joy Aspenall, panelists included Berget Jelane (Buddhism), Eli Taub (Judaism), Ismael Nass (Islam), and St. Mary teacher Harjit Punj (Hinduism).

Junior High students currently enrolled in the Issues of Social Justice and Improv electives attended the panel session. Students posed thoughtful questions and wondered why there is still a need for interfaith dialog. The speakers were impressed with the depth of the students’ curiosity and their interest in the practice of other faiths.


As part of the International Day of Peace, the Class of 2017 is planning a mass in solidarity with those “living life FOR peace”. The theme of inclusivity highlights the school’s theme, “We Are One”.

Please join us on Wednesday, September 21 at 8:30 A.M. at the St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church.

"We Are One in Peace" Mass

Wednesday, Sep. 21st, 8:30am

219 Bean Avenue

Los Gatos, CA