January

The journey of a peacemaker

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Fr. Louis Vitale, action advocate for Pace e Bene, is a Franciscan priest who has been engaged in nonviolent action for justice and peace for many years. He has been arrested hunderds of times and served a prison sentence for prayerfully and nonviolently protesting torture training at Ft. Huachuca, Arizona. Since then, Fr. Vitale has taken part in a peace delegation to Iran, a pilgrimage to Hiroshima, and has spoken about his peacemaking experiences in more than 40 cities across the United States.

Personally mentored by Cesar Chavez, Fr. Vitale's work has brought him into direct contact with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Dorothy Day, Mother Theresa, Thomas Merton, and Archbishop Oscar Romero. 

Fr. Vitale served as the provincial of the California Franciscan Friars from 1979 to 1988 and co-founded the Nevada Desert Experience and its enduring movement to end nuclear testing. He earned his doctorate in sociology with a focus on the sociology of religion and social movements at the University of California. From 1993-2005 he served as the pastor of St. Boniface Catholic Church in a low-income neighborhood in San Francisco, California. 

About the event:

“Love Your Enemies: Moving Beyond the ‘Us’ vs. ‘Them’ Mentality” 
Thurs., Jan. 30, 7 p.m., Bernardine Lecture Hall
Fr Louis Vitale and Fr Steve Kelly, SJ., will tell their stories of embracing nonviolent change.

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