At the Catholic Prison Ministries Coalition’s December webinar, Annie Killian, OP, post-doctoral fellow in Public Humanities at the University of Notre Dame, and Beatrice Parwatikar, Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace, discussed prison ministry as a way of peacemaking. Through ministry, they offer returning citizens and people who are incarcerated both a ministry of accompaniment and a space for them to address grief, especially in this holiday season. You can click here to watch the webinar.
The webinar is a project of two of the participants in Pax Christi USA’s intergenerational Peace Pairs program launched in February of this year to build mutual co-learning and accompaniment between peacemakers in their 20s and 30s and Ambassadors of Peace/founding members of our movement.
Beatrice Parwatikar is a former member of the Pax Christi USA National Council, founding member of the Pax Christi Anti-Racism Team, and an Ambassador of Peace. She is a published writer including the author of Hoping, Seeking and Demanding Justice: Reflections for Advent 2004. She is the board co-chair of Jubilee USA and has served as a board member of the Maryknoll Lay Missioners. She has served on the National Black Catholic Congress’ Social Justice Commission and is a member of INCITE (Women of Color Against Violence). She considers St. Louis Abbey her spiritual home and is a pastoral associate, as well as an accomplished workshop presenter and facilitator.
Annie Killian, OP is a postdoctoral fellow in Public Humanities at the University of Notre Dame and holds a Ph.D. in English from Yale. Her work involves community engagement and public scholarship for the Medieval Institute at Notre Dame. She’s taught courses on nonviolence, social change, & the politics of lament and worked in prison ministry and education with the Wesleyan Center for Prison Education (CT), Kolbe House Jail Ministry (Archdiocese of Chicago), & the Moreau College Initiative at Holy Cross College, Notre Dame. She is passionate about the humanities’ power to foster introspection and dialogue for the common good. A Dominican Sister of Peace, she serves on the Pax Christi Young Adult Caucus leadership team.