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MacCarthys to Receive St. Norbert Ambassador of Peace Award

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From St. Norbert College, September 3, 2013
by Mike Counter,, 920-403-3089

Reverend Jack MacCarthy, O.Praem., his brother Charles MacCarthy, and Charles' wife, Peggy, will receive the St. Norbert Ambassador of Peace award.

The Peace and Justice Center at St. Norbert College has invited all three to campus on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. in Dudley Birder Hall to accept the award. The event is free and open to the public.

Charles and Peggy MacCarthy are the husband-and-wife founders of the Good News Project. For the last 30 years, Good News has provided humanitarian support to communities in the West Indies and medical equipment to families in north central Wisconsin. The MacCarthys have accomplished this work by mobilizing hundreds of short-term volunteers, many of them students from St. Norbert College. In almost 50 trips to the West Indies to help build housing and provide medical services, they have become familiar faces in villages far from their Wausau, Wis., home.

Charles' younger brother, Fr. Jack MacCarthy, serves in Iquitos, Peru, as a medical missionary to the indigenous Quechua people in Santa Clotilde, a remote parish in the Amazon basin more than 180 miles from any road. Fr. Jack and another priest operate a field hospital there, and from this hub, they also serve 40 clinics spread out over 20,000 square miles. They deal with needs ranging from pregnancy, childbirth and pediatrics to snake bite, malaria, cholera, malnutrition and a multitude of tropical diseases.

Each year, St. Norbert College honors an individual(s) 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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