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Fr. John Dear to receive Ambassador of Peace Award at St. Norbert College

From St. Norbert College, September 22, 2009
by Chelsey Gruetzmacher, chelsey.gruetzmacher, (920) 403-3089

Fr. John Dear, nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008, will be presented the third annual St. Norbert Ambassador of Peace Award on Thursday, Oct. 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the Hendrickson Dining Room at the College's Bemis International Center on Third Street. A reception and book signing will follow the Award presentation. The event is free and open to the public.

Fr. John Dear, a native of North Carolina, is a Jesuit priest, pastor, peace activist, organizer, lecturer, retreat leader, and author/editor of twenty-five books on peace and justice, including his most recent book "A Persistent Peace." Fr. Dear has two master degrees in theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Cal., and has served as the executive director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, pastor of several parishes in northeastern New Mexico, executive director of the Sacred Heart Health Center in Richmond, Va., and ran a homeless shelter in Washington, D.C. Currently, he coordinates Pax Christi New Mexico, and lectures to tens of thousands of people each year in churches and schools across the country.

In the spring of 2007, St. Norbert College announced the inauguration of the St. Norbert Ambassador of Peace Award that annually recognizes an individual who exemplifies St. Norbert's commitment to reconciliation and peacemaking. St. Norbert College is named after Norbert of Xanten, who lived from 1080 until 1134 and was the founder of the religious order known as the Premonstratensians, or Norbertines. Norbert was known as a peacemaker between the German Emperor and the Pope, and St. Norbert College carries on the tradition of promoting peace today.

For more information on the St. Norbert Ambassador of Peace Award and Fr. John Dear's visit, contact Robert Pyne, director of Peace and Justice Center, at (920) 403-3978 or You can also visit the St. Norbert College Peace and Justice Center web site, at