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Annual Gathering Featuring Fr. John Dear

Annual Gathering Featuring Fr. John Dear

Saturday, March 5, 2011 - 5:30am to 8:00pm

Location: St. Alexander Catholic Church
VILLA PARK, IL, 60181-2622

Organization: West Suburban Faith-based Peace Coalition


Description: WSFPC is honored to announce Father John Dear as the keynote speaker at our 8th Annual Gathering, Saturday March 5th, at St. Alexander Catholic Church in Villa Park. Fr. Dear's talk is titled "The Beatitudes at the Pathway to Peace: walking the way of nonviolence"

This event is free and open to the public

John is an internationally known voice for peace and nonviolence, perhaps the leading voice for peace in the Catholic Church today. A Jesuit priest, peace activist, and lecturer, he served as the director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation (the largest interfaith peace organization in the nation); a Red Cross coordinator of chaplains in New York City at the Family Assistance Center after September 11; he also pastors several Catholic churches in the deserts of New Mexico. He has written over twenty books, including his recent “Put Down Your Sword,” as well as his autobiography, “A Persistent Peace.” He received the 2010 Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award as well as the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award in September 2009 for his solidarity and leadership in nonviolent resistance. He is a practitioner of active nonviolence, recently participating in the protest use of U.S. drone attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He writes a weekly column for the National Catholic Reporter. You can read his peace writings online at

The keynote address will be followed by Dances of Universal Peace, led by Brother Joseph Kilikevice, O.P. The dances are a joyful form of prayer, creating community while inviting participants to experience—with breath, voice and body—the spiritual wisdom found in ancient sacred phrases, and their meanings. Brother Joe is Director of the Shem Center for Interfaith Spirituality in Oak Park, IL.

The afternoon will include prayers, songs, and exhibits by local peace organizations. We are truly honored that Father Dear and Brother Joe can join us for this memorable afternoon. It will be a wonderful opportunity to deepen our understanding of nonviolence, rejuvenate our spirits, and recommit ourselves to the work of peace for the coming year.

Please pass this announcement along to friends and colleagues who might like to attend. All are welcome.

Dave Martin
for the WSFPC Leadership Team
West Suburban Faith-based PEACE Coalition

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