Teachers of Peace

Do you know someone who has been working “under the radar” to bring about peace with justice? Someone whose contributions often go hidden as they quietly and selflessly work to make our world more peaceful, just and sustainable? Someone whom you think deserves to be recognized and held up as a model peacemaker within our movement?

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 May 11, 2013 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; Martin Sheen; and Ruben Garcia.

To download a PDF of the Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace Nomination Form, click here.

To download the form in Microsoft Word, click here.

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