Each year, Pax Christi USA honors an outstanding peacemaker with the Teacher of Peace Award, in the tradition of Sr. Thea Bowman, Cesar Chávez, Dorothy Day, and Pope Paul VI. This award recognizes women and men whose lives and work exemplify the theme of Pope Paul VI’s World Day of Peace message, “To reach peace, teach peace.”
All nominations must be postmarked by March 12, 2012 to be considered.
Eligibility criteria for nominations for the Teacher of Peace Award are:
- A living person
- A Catholic individual or group
- A United States resident
- Widely recognized for their contributions to Catholic peace with justice activities
- A person who demonstrates an intentional and sustained effort to challenge & transform racist & sexist attitudes & actions that continue to separate & oppress God’s people
- Officers of Pax Christi USA should be considered ineligible until at least three years have elapsed since leaving office
Past recipients of this award include: Dan Berrigan, SJ; Fr. Roy Bourgeois, MM; Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB; Msgr. Ray East; Bishop Thomas Gumbleton; Kathy Kelly; Helen Prejean, CSJ; and Martin Sheen.