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Most Reverend John R. Manz to receive St. Norbert Ambassador of Peace award

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From St. Norbert College, August 29, 2012
by Mike Counter,, 920-403-3089

The Most Reverend John R. Manz, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago, will receive the St. Norbert Ambassador of Peace award.

The Peace and Justice Center at St. Norbert College has invited Bishop Manz to campus in September to accept the award. He will give a free public lecture, entitled "Peacemakers In My Life - A Source of Inspiration," on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fort Howard Theater of F.K. Bemis International Center, on campus. His lecture will be preceded by a wine and cheese reception at 6:30 p.m. and award ceremony at 7:15 p.m.

Born and raised in the Chicago area, Bishop Manz was ordained a priest in May 1971. He served as associate pastor at two parishes before becoming the pastor in 1983 at St. Agnes of Bohemia, in Chicago, where he served until his ordination as bishop in 1996.

His parishes and his duties in the archdiocese emphasized ministry to Spanish- speaking Catholics.

Bishop Manz was chairman of the Committee for Church in Latin America of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops, is a member of the Migration and Refugee Services Committee, and has served on the Administrative Committee. He is presently a member of the Pastoral Care of Migrants, Travelers, and Refugees Committee.

Each year, St. Norbert College honors an individual who has been an influential advocate for sustainable peace in our world. The St. Norbert Ambassador of Peace demonstrates the qualities of a peacemaker in a consistent and outstanding manner: respect for persons, promotion of dialogue, nonviolent conflict resolution, reconciliation and forgiveness.

For more information on the Ambassador of Peace Award, contact Catherine Kasten at 920-403-3919 or email

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