By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Jesuit priest and internationally known peace activist John Dear S.J. will give the talk, "The Road to Peace: Practicing Non-violence in a World of Violence and War," on Tuesday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Trout Auditorium of the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell.
The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Bucknell's Catholic Campus Ministry. A book-signing will follow the talk.
Nobel Peace Prize nominee
Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008 by Desmond Tutu, Father Dear has received several awards for his work on peace and justice issues, including the 2009 Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award, the 2010 Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award, and the 2011 Pax Christi Annual Peacemaker Award.
He worked closely with Mother Teresa of Calcutta to abolish the death penalty. He has lived and worked on social issues in El Salvador, Northern Ireland, Guatemala, Nicaragua and the Philippines. Most recently he led a delegation of Nobel Peace Prize winners to the Middle East to witness the effects of U.S. sanctions on Iraqi children.
Father Dear coordinated the Red Cross Chaplaincy program at the New York Family Assistance Center following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center. As a chaplain there he counseled more than 1,500 family members who had lost loved ones in the tragedy as well as with hundred of firefighters and police officers. At the same time, he spoke out against the U.S. retaliatory bombing of Afghanistan.
He is the author or editor of 25 books, including Living Peace: Mohandas Gandhi: Essential Writings; Disarming the Heart: Toward a Vow of Non-Violence; and the autobiographical A Persistent Peace.
He also has served as executive director of the Fellowship for Reconciliation, the largest interfaith peace organization in the United States.
"With the violence erupting currently in the Middle East, our own engagement in a long, drawn out war there, and the ever-increasing reports of violence within our own culture, Father Dear's topic will be of potential interest to many people both on campus and in the local community," said Bucknell Assistant Catholic Campus Minister Suzanne Domzalski.
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