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Nominations sought for Ambassador of Peace Award

From St. Norbert College, March 30, 2007
by Mike Counter,, (920) 403-3089

St. Norbert College announces the inauguration of an Ambassador of Peace Award that will annually recognize and honor an individual who exemplifies St. Norbert's commitment to reconciliation and peacemaking.

Any person within or outside the college community may be nominated as an Ambassador of Peace. A candidate for the St. Norbert Ambassador of Peace may demonstrate the qualities of a peacemaker through scholarly research and publication; through peace education; through practical applications of conflict resolution skills; through nonviolent direct action, reconciliation and forgiveness, or many other applications. The nominee will have demonstrated sustained commitment to Christian peace building in the spirit of St. Norbert at an individual or community level (i.e., within an organization).

Nominations may be submitted through April 15, 2007. The award will be bestowed by the college at an appropriate event during Mission and Heritage Days in October.

The application can be downloaded online at or requested by e-mail to or by calling the Peace and Justice Center at (920) 403-3881.

St. Norbert College is named after Norbert of Xanten (1080-1134), the founder of a religious order known as the Premonstratensians or the Norbertines. As the Archbishop of Madgeburg, Germany, St. Norbert had a ministry of peacemaking. He was instrumental in resolving conflicts within the Catholic Church. Norbert worked to maintain and strengthen peace between the German Emperor and the Pope. In his travels he was known to solve conflict among people in the towns he visited. His mission was well known as the citizens who "devoutly received [him] because they had heard he was a bearer of the Word of God and a bringer of tranquil peace." St Norbert College thus claims peacemaking as an aspect of its heritage.