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Catholic Peace Activist to Deliver Berrigan Lecture at Le Moyne College

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Noted Catholic peace activist Elizabeth McAlister will deliver the seventh Daniel Berrigan, S.J./International House Peacemaker Lecture at Le Moyne College on Wed., April 1, at 7 p.m. in the Panasci Family Chapel. The title of her talk is “Contemplation and Violence in the Post-9/11 World.”

Elizabeth McAlister and her husband, the late Philip Berrigan, founded the Jonah House Community in Baltimore, Md., in 1973. McAlister, a former nun, lectures on nonviolent resistance, community, prayer and peacemaking throughout the United States and Canada and has written articles on those subjects for numerous publications including the National Catholic Reporter, Sojourners Magazine, Marriage and Family Living, and Maryknoll. She also co-authored with Philip Berrigan “The Time’s Discipline,” a book on the Jonah House experience.  She has been arrested numerous times for nonviolent resistance to war-making and spent two years in prison in the mid-1980s for such an action at the Griffiss Air Base in Rome, N.Y.

The Jonah House community is committed to faithful nonviolence and resistance in order to disarm the world.  It is located in a 22-acre cemetery where it cares for the grounds, a vegetable garden and fruit trees.  In the Catholic Worker tradition, the community offers faith and resistance retreats and workshops, supports Plowshares Actions to end nuclear weapons and war-making, and provides a food panty serving 100 weekly.  The community also regularly hosts numerous “Alternative Break” groups from colleges and high schools throughout the United States. For more information on Liz McAlister and Jonah House please visit www.jonahhouse.org

Le Moyne's International House established The Rev. Daniel Berrigan, S.J./International House Peacemaker Lecture Endowment in 2000. This fund was created to honor International House's founder and one of the great Catholic social activists of the 20th century. Each year the College invites a prominent peacemaker, like Daniel Berrigan, to deliver this lecture, helping to keep important justice issues in the forefront of the entire Le Moyne community and to serve as a catalyst for reflection and action. This year’s lecture is sponsored by International House alumni, the Center for Peace and Global Studies and alumni and parent programs. This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the lecture. For more information call (315) 445-4555.








posted on: 3/16/2009