Community network organization 100 Blocks and 100 Churches hosted a prayer vigil in Austin June 8, concerning reducing crime in the neighborhood this summer.

A series of prayer vigils are scheduled for the community this summer. 100 Blocks is comprised of several community entities, including the 15th District Police and Loretto Hospital. Last week, two vigils took place simultaneously at Loretto, 645 S. Central, and 15th District police headquarters, 5701 W. Madison. Upcoming vigils are scheduled for 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, again at Loretto and the police station. On Wednesday, June 29, the series will conclude with a “Unity Prayer Chain” starting at Menard and Madison to Cicero to Madison.

For more information: contact state Rep. Camille Y. Lilly (78th), who’s vice president of external affairs at Loretto: 773-854-5063 or