All are welcome to register for a new five-part online series focused on the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, organized primarily by the Casa Esther Catholic Worker (Omro, Wisconsin). Use this link to register. (Please note that the time listed is Central Standard Time.)

Series schedule:

Tuesday October 4 @ 6:30-8:00pm Central Standard Time (CST) – Why “nonviolence”?

Nonviolence as a core Gospel value, constitutive of the life of faith + Nonviolence is essential to transforming violence and injustice + + Nonviolence is a necessary foundation for a culture of peace

Welcome and opening remarks from Fr. Joseph Mattern, Founder of Casa Esther Catholic Worker, Omro WI


  • Ken Butigan is a Professor at DePaul University in the Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies program and an organizer and educator with Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service.
  • Eliane Lakam is a facilitator/community organizer, focusing on advancing racial and social justice, and promoting women’s participation in peace work. She is a member of the DC Peace Team.
  • Rosie Davila is the Art & Media Coordinator at the Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service.

Tuesday October 11 @ 6:30-8:00pm CST – Returning to and Exploring the Power of Nonviolence

Reaffirming the nonviolent way of Jesus + growing momentum for nonviolence in the Church + The power and effectiveness of nonviolence + contemporary examples of Catholic nonviolent responses to violence

Opening remarks by Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv.of Lexington and Bishop President of Pax Christi USA


  • Marie Dennis was co-president of Pax Christi International from 2007 to 2019 and organizer of the 2016 and 2019 conferences on nonviolence co-sponsored by the Vatican.
  • Rose Marie Berger is a Catholic poet and writer and a senior editor for Sojourners Magazine.

Tuesday October 18 @ 6:30-8:00pm CST – Christian Foundations of Nonviolence

Biblical foundations from the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures + Theological foundations: Perspectives from Creation and Anthropology, Christology, Pneumatology and Ecclesiology + The voice of the Church: Papal statements, Church documents, 2017 World Day of Peace, USCCB pastoral letters.

Opening remarks by Martha Hennessy, Plowshares activist, member of Maryhouse Catholic Worker House and granddaughter of Dorothy Day


  • Lisa Sowle Cahill is the J. Donald Monan, S.J., Professor of Theology at Boston College. She is a past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and the Society of Christian Ethics.
  • KC Choi is the Kyung-Chik Han Chair Professor of Asian American Theology, at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Tuesday October 25 @ 6:30-8:00pm CST – Embracing nonviolence: A New Moral Framework

Renewing the narrative for an ethic of nonviolence and Just Peace + The Catholic Church’s approach to difficult ethical decisions + +Just and effective governance: Embedding norms of nonviolence + The issue of policing and “Responsibility to Protect”

Opening remarks by Archbishop John C. Wester of Sante Fe, New Mexico


  • Eli McCarthy Is a Professor at Georgetown University in justice and peace studies, an author, a steering committee member of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative and the Project Director of DC Peace Team.
  • Sr. Wamuyu Wachira, IBVM was elected co-president of Pax Christi International in 2019. She is currently a Lecturer and Program Leader in Peace and Conflict Studies at St. Paul’s University in Nairobi.

Thursday November 3 @ 6:30-8:00pm CST – Embracing Nonviolence: Transforming the Church

Pastoral implications + opportunities for education, promotion and implementation + Deliberation for the internal life of the Universal Church + moving forward as the People of God


  • Fr. John Heagle is the chair of the Gospel Nonviolence Working Group of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests and the author of “Justice Rising “(Orbis Books, 2010).
  • Judy Coode is the Project Coordinator of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative.

REGISTER USING THIS LINK. You only need to register once for all five sessions.

Questions? Contact David Mueller at

4 thoughts on “New online series focuses on Catholic Nonviolence Initiative

  1. PCUSA:
    If we at PCSHOL (Sacred Heart/Our Ladies in Newton, MA) were to put together a speaker series or major speaker with national significance, may we offer it to a national audience through you, as is being done here by CW of Omro, WI?

  2. I registered for the Catholic Nonviolence series but haven’t been able to attend the first two sessions. Are there session recordings available to registrants? Also, I don’t think I’ve received a notice how to join the sessions.

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