GREENSBURG, PA – Saint Vincent College junior Skylar Piper, a criminology, law and society major and native of Stahlstown, served as the keynote speaker at the 2019 Westmoreland County Prayer Breakfast on Jan. 25 at the Greensburg Ramada Inn.
In her speech, Piper relayed her love of the Westmoreland County area, and recounted how her faith in God has allowed her to leave her comfort zone and pursue a number of life-changing opportunities, including a foreign exchange trip to Germany as a high school student and a hiking excursion to Maine with the Saint Vincent Outdoors Club.
The Saint Vincent College Singers performed musical interludes throughout the event, under the direction of Thomas Octave, professor and chair of the SVC Music Department.
The annual Prayer Breakfast, sponsored by the Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce, brings together community members from the region’s business, education, government and labor sectors, and each year focuses on one of those sectors. For this year’s event, the focus was on education. Students and staff from every school district in Westmoreland County were in attendance, with Piper sharing the dais with high school students from the Hempfield, Derry, Norwin and Franklin Regional school districts, who offered prayers and spiritual readings.
This marked the 44th annual Westmoreland County Prayer Breakfast, which has aimed to bring together individuals from all faiths in a prayerful tone to petition God to make the county a better place to live, learn work and play, while highlighting the importance of unity to tomorrow’s leaders.
PHOTO 1: Saint Vincent College junior Skylar Piper addresses more than 450 attendees at the 2019 Westmoreland County Prayer Breakfast at The Ramada Inn.
PHOTO 2: Skylar Piper (right) with Jim Bendel, Saint Vincent director of planned giving and member of Westmoreland County Prayer Breakfast board
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