Every year, Our Lady of the Skies Chapel is participating in welcoming the Peace Light from Bethlehem to the United States.
The Peace Light from Bethlehem is a continuously-burning flame, originating from the Grotto of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Israel. It is meant to promote peace, harmony, and unity among the people of the world regardless of race, ethnicity, or religion.
Each year, a child from Upper Austria fetches the light from the grotto in Bethlehem where Jesus was born. The light is carried in two blast-proof miners lamps on an Austrian Airlines jet from Tel Aviv Israel to Vienna 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. Austrian Airlines then flies the miner's lamps containing the Peace Light from Bethlehem to New York City. The goal of this website is to help the light spread like the branches of a huge tree rooted in New York and spreading across the continent.
We have received a confirmation that the Peace Light will be flown from Vienna to JFK on Sunday, December 3 onboard Austrian flight #87*. It is scheduled to arrive at 2:30 PM EST. The Welcoming Ceremony will take place at Our Lady of the Skies Chapel around 3:00 PM that day (as always, the time may change based on the actual arrival at JFK). The best practice is to track the flight. We will have tracking information available at the chapel on December 3.
Peace Light attendees who wish to park at the airport are asked to park in the Terminal 4 parking lot. A ticket will be dispensed upon entering the Terminal 4 parking lot, please keep this ticket. Parking validation passes will be announced and available after the ceremony. All parking passes will be distributed on a first-come first-served basis.