Marie Dennis

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LAUREATE 2016 – GLOBAL PEACE and RECONCILIATION INTERNATIONALLY-REPUTED PEACEMAKER

Marie DENNIS, of the United States, is a respected icon of peace and reconciliation movements on an international scale. Her implication in a number of endeavours reuniting a compassionate vision, the art of negotiation and spiritual wisdom and her contribution to intercultural and interreligious dialogues are indispensable to world peace. A large number of her project partners and people who have witnessed her work from several countries have expressed their support and admiration to this laureate of the 2016 Public Peace Prize as GLOBAL PEACE and RECONCILIATION INTERNATIONALLY-REPUTED PEACEMAKER.

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Marie Dennis

Marie Dennis is a woman who weaves peace and reconciliation all around her and beyond, from the grassroots level to a global level where important decisions affecting all of our lives are being made. She is gentle and soft-spoken, but a strong leader who exudes confidence and clarity of purpose in whatever mission she undertakes. She believes in, and works on inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue, and is an advocate of active non-violence or seeking peace by peaceful means. She is a “voice for peace”- highly sought after to give keynote talks at conferences and universities, for retreats, for media work, and more.

Professionally, Marie has played various roles: in Washington, DC, for example, she was on the White House Task Force on Global Poverty and Development. She is now co-President of Pax Christi International, since 2007, and was director of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns from 1989 to 2012. She has helped raise awareness in the US and other world bodies about the impact of various government policies in northern countries on the poorer countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, in an attempt to bring justice and peace to a world torn apart by economic injustice which threatens global peace.

Marie is a mother of six and holds a Master’s degree in Moral Theology from Washington Theological Union as well as honorary doctorates from Trinity Washington University and Alvernia University. She is author or co-author of seven books, including Oscar Romero: Reflections on His Life and Writings, St. Francis and the Foolishness of God and Diversity of Vocations. Simply put, Marie Dennis has shown and continues build on a lifetime commitment to worldwide peace. She exemplifies what it means to be a “citizen of the world”.

Marie now serves on the national board of JustFaith Ministries; the steering committee of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network; and as a contributing editor to Sojourners magazine. She has previously served on the White House Task Force on Global Poverty and Development; the advisory committee of Orbis Books; and the boards of the Washington Office on Latin America, the Latin America Working Group, the International Resource Center, the Washington Office on Africa and the Jubilee USA Network.

Support and comments received in English

Marie Dennis, co-president of Pax Christi International has a long history of commitment to create peace rooted in her deep spirituality of following Jesus the non-violent.

What Pax Christi is in today’s world in more than 50 countries in the world owes very much to her Spirit filled and Spirit led leadership.

She is a woman who weaves peace and reconciliation all around her and beyond at all levels, from the grassroots where people are to the global level where important decisions that affect their lives are made.

What is remarkable about Marie is her faith vision which is deeply incarnated to be translated into concrete actions. Her life reflects what she believes, loves and searches.

She is a sister, a friend, a healer, a mentor and a companion of our common journey to enable a new heaven and a new earth.

I would like to nominate Marie Dennis for
The Internationally Reputed Peace Maker Prize.

Filo Hirota

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I have the pleasure of nominating Ms. Marie Dennis for this award for the following reasons;

  1. She is an accomplished woman, having led many peace and justice organizations, most recently including as Director for the Maryknoll Sisters Office in Washington DC and the Pax Christi International as Co-President.
  2. She believes in the effectiveness of peace spirituality and non-violence
  3. She not only believes in justice, but embodies the same
  4. She is a role model to so many men and women (including myself) when it comes to peace building, building just and harmonious communities
  5. She is deeply compassionate and I have observed her trying her best to empathize with situations
  6. She respects people’s views
  7. She believes in, and works on inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue
  8. She is a change-agent, for better results for the marginalized and excluded

I truly hope that she will be the one to receive this prize.

Yours respectfully
Dr. Mustafa Y. Ali
Secretary General, Global Network of Religions for Children
Director, Arigatou International – Nairobi

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 Why I would like Marie Dennis to receive the 2015 Public Peace Prize:

Marie Dennis is co-President of Pax Christi International (PCI) and has been a long-time peace advocate not only in the United States but in the world as well. I would say she has given all her life to the cause of promoting peace in the world!!! She is an advocate of active non-violence or seeking peace by peaceful means. She has influenced and inspired countless people who have become peacemakers themselves, including myself. Because of my association with Pax Christi International, I saw up close how she pursued her peacebuilding work. Through her leadership and that of her co-workers in PCI, she has addressed significant social and global issues. Among these issues are the protection of human rights and the renunciation of war as a means of resolving conflicts. The amazing thing is that she is able to do her work with vigor and activism, but at the same time she maintains her respect for everyone concerned. She is gentle and at the same time possesses positively-oriented dynamism. She exudes inner peace and at the same time strongly works for social peace. She “walks her talk as” we say. I have all the confidence that she is very deserving of this prize. I sincerely hope and pray that she will receive this recognition!

Loreta Navarro-Castro
Program Director
Center for Peace Education, Miriam College
Philippines

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Herewith I would like to nominate Marie Dennis, copresident of Pax Christi International for the public peace prize. Marie Dennis has shown a lifetime commitment to peace, worldwide peace. She has up to today been promoting non violent conflict resolution to any national and international conflict. As a person, she embodies peaceful dialogue and is thus able to promoting international cooperation.

I would be a major recognition of the strength of personal, authentic commitment in international peacework, when Marie Dennis would be awarded this price.

Warm regards,
Freek Landmeter Director PAX
Netherlands

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Marie Dennis, Co-President of Pax Christi International, is, at once, a strong and gentle woman. During the last years she has been an important point of reference for all the activities that Pax Christi International usually promotes: peace education activities, non-violence actions, disarmament campaigns. Moreover, she has always given first-hand evidence of the values she believes in, by visiting many conflict situations in various countries all over the world.

In 2009, Marie Dennis led a delegation of Pax Christi International to Iraq, a land torn by war and violence. Due to her qualities and skills, thank to her kindness and depth, she has always been able to bring hope where hate rules; she has always been able to start new steps of peace where war seems to be the only option. Her peace action in Iraq is just one example of her nonviolent commitment against any war.
In our very difficult and violent days, she is still a very inspiring person for Pax Christi International: in 2015, Marie Dennis will guide the general assembly of Pax Christi International in Palestine, Bethlehem.

Thank you
Pax Christi Italia national coordinator
Renato Sacco

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I would like to nominate Marie Dennis for this award.

Marie has a great breadth of experience and commitment to international work for peace, through her links with Pax Christi, the International Catholic Movement for Peace, through her work as former Director for the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns and her personal work through Franciscan lay and religious networks.

I have personal experience of working with Marie for around twenty years and find her a woman of great depth: she brings a spirituality to her approach to peacework that helps to connect people around the world – seeking to find common approaches to active nonviolence and peacemaking and to celebrate these.  She also has great intellectual depth and applies this to her global experiences which help provide a thorough analysis of many situations of violence and conflict.

She is unstinting in the time and energy she gives to her peace work but manages some to keep this in balance with her community and busy family life – I think a deep prayer life helps with this.

Please accept my support for Marie for the Public Peace Prize.

Pat Gaffney
General Secretary   Pax Christi St Joseph’s Watford Way London , England

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Dear Sir/Madam,

It is my pleasure to support the nomination of Madam Marie Dennis, Co President of Pax Christi International, for the Public Peace Prize 2014.

I met Marie for the first time in an International Fact Finding Visit to Colombia in 2006, to better understand the complex and longstanding Colombian conflict and the role of the local and National Church in accompanying civilian victims of the war. For me, Marie Dennis is a vibrant, hardworking woman at her age, full of energy and wisdom. She has always played a key role in promoting peace and advocating for justice at a global level.

Marie has been a light for many people in the US and for Pax Christi International Member Organizations, she has always devoted her time to strategically support others, from her humble way of life and talent to coordinate with others -no matter if they are other national/international organizations, other faith based organizations, communities at a grassroots level, in particular defending human rights and promoting peace in the world.

I have witnessed Marie’s dedication for her entire life to the cause of the poor and vulnerable. From her current position as Co President of Pax Christi International, she has taken this as a good opportunity to accompany Pax Christi sections in their commitment for peace and reconciliation, and she has been an inspiration for the new generation in spreading hope that a peace future is possible.

Martha Ines Romero
Peace practitioner and Latin America & Caribbean Regional Coordinator Colombia

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I/we would love Marie Dennis to receive the 2015 Public Peace Prize:

– She is so highly regarded and serves as a model for many people all over the globe in what it means to be totally dedicated to peace, embodied in her personal life and in her decades-long work for peace at the local, national and international levels.

– The breadth of people she knows, collaborates with, and inspires includes religious leaders from many faiths (from the Vatican to the local level); circles at the United Nations working on disarmament, human rights and development; national policy makers; and hosts of non-governmental organizations and civil society movements. She is a “walking global coalition.”

– She has been in leadership with Pax Christi International, the global Catholic peace movement, for many years and currently serves as co-president. The model of a lay woman serving with a bishop in this leadership post, itself inspires.

– She also has served in leadership for Pax Christi USA (PCUSA) and was named PCUSA “Ambassador of Peace;” thus, representing the U.S. Catholic peace movement in numerous coalitions, at home and abroad, working on peace.

– She exemplifies what it means to be a “citizen of the world” and a peace-maker for the world, having traveled for decades to many dozens of countries to lend support to local peace-building and conflict transformation efforts (some of these countries include Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Columbia, El Salvador, Honduras, many countries in Africa, etc.)

– Her travels to war-torn zones and areas of conflict is motivated both by her own commitment to draw close to the victims of war and violence, and by her commitment to build cross-border solidarity in ways that are accountable to the communities most affected by war and violence.

– She is a “voice for peace”- – highly sought after to give keynote talks at conferences and universities, for retreats, for media work, etc. –as she not only brings a wealth of experience on peace and justice concerns, but she also stirs the moral imagination to help us believe that “another world is possible”…a world without violence, and then to work for it!.

– Her voice for peace is also captured in her writings: she authored or co-authored seven books and many articles in an array of publications.

– She co-founded (over 25 years ago) and currently lives in an intentional community in Washington, DC, located in the inner city, which draws people committed to a life-style of simple living and working on half of justice and peace; thus serving as an alternative model for living out a commitment to peace.

– She truly embodies the Gandhi quote “be the change you wish to see in the world” in the way she humbly lives out her life, expressed in each interaction with another, in the way she raised six incredibly beautiful children, in her courage to “speak truth to power” with respect and grace, and in her daily spiritual practice which anchors her profound commitment to peace. Many of us already try to emulate Marie’s goodness and commitment to peace—so if she could be recognized with the Public Peace Prize, she would inspire many more.

Jean Stokan Director, Social Justice Team,
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

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Why I would like Marie Dennis to receive the 2015 Public Peace Prize:

I met Marie Dennis, co-President of Pax Christi International (PCI), when she visited the Philippines and also in a few occasions at the United Nations in the course of my own disarmament advocacy at the UN. I am also aware that for a long time she headed the Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns and in that capacity she has made significant contributions to promoting global peace and justice. She has worked in the area of protecting human rights especially women’s rights. When the three Maryknoll nuns were raped and murdered by security forces during the dictatorship in El Salvador, she worked relentlessly to bring this issue to the consciousness of and action by the US government. She was also active in getting the US bishops to issue a statement against nuclear weapons. In short she has been a proponent of disarmament and has carried this advocacy in her leadership role in Pax Christi. She is also a strong advocate of active non-violence. In her talks at various forums, she has spoken tirelessly about de-legitimizing war as a means to deal with disputes. She has bravely challenged the notion of a “just war”.

When she came to the Philippines two years ago she inspired the youth she met with. She encouraged them to be the successor generation of peace workers. Therein lies one of her main contributions: getting the youth to be interested in peace work as this is the hope of our world’s future. In her gentle yet strong way, she has been able to persuade and influence both the young and adults that she encounters about the peace and justice imperative. I believe that she is very deserving of this prize!

Jasmin Nario-Galace
Executive Director Center for Peace Education Miriam College

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In Praise of Marie Dennis

“Only a sweet and vertuous soul,

Like season’s timber, never gives;

But though the whole world turn to coal,

Then chiefly lives.”

(“Vertue” by George Herbert, 1633)

I was trying to find ways to express my admiration for Marie Dennis as a peacemaker when this verse from 17th century poet, George Herbert, came to my mind. To me, the verse captures Marie’s fine qualities. She shows at all times a strength and calmness founded on years of experience of life in all its facets. She has experienced and endured joy and sorrow, she has seen success and lacked it but all this has left her stronger, increased rather than diminished her poise and capacity for life. Her experience has formed her into what she is and what she brings to any company.

Many years ago, I stayed in the community of which Marie is part in Washington DC and saw how well she immerses herself in a sharing lifestyle. I know that she has lived and worked among the oppressed and suffering as well as advocated for them in the seats of power and that she has the capacity to be respected and admired in both places. To all that she does, she brings a demeanour which speaks of her underlying love for humanity wherever it is found.

We live in times of great insecurity and fear of the other but Marie moves in that world with a sureness built on great faith that all will be well, that all manners of things, a te wa (in God’s good time), will be well. She has been co-president of Pax Christi International through some difficult times, crises that threatened the future of the movement but her steadiness has carried us through those times and into a more hopeful future. I have no hesitation in recommending her for an award which recognises her contribution to Pax Christi and to the vision of peace for all everywhere.

Kevin McBride
Founding member of Pax Christi Aotearoa-New Zealand since 1993
Pax Christi International Executive Board 2007 – 13
Bicultural Desk, Auckland Catholic Diocese, Aotearoa-New Zealand
New Zealand National Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace 1984 – 92

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Herewith I would like to send you my nomination of Mrs. Marie Dennis for the Public Peace Prize and motivation why I endorse her candidacy.

Annemarie Gielen
General Secretary Pax Christi Flanders Belgium

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I wish to nominate Marie Dennis for her distinguished and longstanding commitment to peace. In her capacity as co-president of Pax Christi International and until recently as director of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, in her writing and public speaking, she has played an invaluable leadership role in articulating a peace agenda for our times. Over the years she has given a powerful example to others and mentored them in developing a more effective approach to peacemaking. In her contacts with decision-makers in the United States and internationally, including the United Nations and international financial institutions, she has spoken clearly and courageously for a new approach that is respectful of the rights of the weak, the poor and the vulnerable. She has cautioned against policies that recklessly pursue the use of force, when other wiser and more humane approaches are at hand for the peaceful settlement of conflicts. Marie Dennis is an inspiring ambassador for peace. The award of the Public Peace Prize would be filing recognition of a lifetime of service to peacemaking and peacebuilding.

Emeritus Professor Joseph A. Camilleri OAM
Professor of International Relations La Trobe University, Melbourne
Chair of the Editorial Board of the scholarly journal Global Change, Peace and Security, recipient of St Michael’s award for distinguished service to the community, Former director of the Centre for Dialogue (2006-2012), former President of Pax Christi Australia, former convener of People for Nuclear Disarmament.

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We have the greatest respect for Marie Dennis. She has been working over decades for peace and reconciliation, on all continents, in so many different cultures in so many capacities, often on a volontary basis out of a deep spirituality. She deserves the greatest recognition.

Magda Van Damme § Etienne De Jonghe

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It was right and just, as we say at our daily Mass, for Marie Dennis’ name be brought forward for the Public Peace Prize!  I worked for/with her at the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns!

We were constantly called to see world injustices and labor for Peace, worldwide… by Marie.

She it was who had the Vision and the courage to keep at it when everyone else was ready to close shop if the going got hard or things seemed out of control… whether in Central and South America, Africa, or Asia.  Her demeanor and commitment inspired us and others with whom we cooperated to work just a little harder and pull together a little more until at least, this one thing was accomplished… sometimes it wasn’t accomplished, but we kept on if that was called for.

We worked together in our NGO at the United Nations where she brought the voices of the marginalised; to mention some, farmers from Latin America, young women from Africa, and many more to speak out where the world could hear them.

When she left the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns for Pax Christi International we knew that this Christian Woman, committed so totally to Justice for all particularly those most in need, would bring her energy and voice to the whole world and that she would make a difference for many.
Jean Fallon
Maryknoll Sister
Maryknoll, New

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For a lifetime of generous, intelligent and effective service to the cause of peace-
David O’Brien, Loyola Professor of Catholic Studies Emeritus, College of the Holy Cross USA

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I met Marie Dennis at Franciscan and Pax Christi Conferences.  At the former she and Fr. Joseph Nangle OFM presented their Franciscan faith values as described in “St. Francis and the Foolishness of God.”  At Pax Christ Christi I was impressed with her simplicity and humbleness as she works and acts for peace around the world, in spite of very busy family life.

Leona R. Wieland
Sioux Falls, SD

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I support Marie’s nomination.  She has worked tirelessly for peace her whole lifetime.
Gloria Mog

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Marie Dennis is exceptionally well-qualified for this award. She is an inspiration to us all.
Katherine Meyer, PhD
Columbus, Ohio

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We support Marie Dennis’ nomination for the 2016 Public Peace Prize.
Her tireless, long-standing work on behalf of world peace, her global spirituality, and her servant leadership for decades with Pax Christi qualify her unreservedly for such public recognition.

Respectfully submitted,
Patricia & Peter Ladley
Pax Christi USA members since 1972

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With a strong dedication to Social Justice, Marie Dennis is an ideal candidate for the Peace Prize. She has a long record of dedication to the cause. Her reputation is international, and she denounces Empire by word and action. She lives what she advocates.

Please choose Marie Dennis for the Peace Prize.
Gary Vogt
Saint Louis, MO   USA

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I have known and collaborated with Marie Dennis for over thirty years. She always has been in the forefront of social justice issues, even risking her own life in the work to help others around the world. Her calm, balanced, centered approach to difficult issues has enabled many groups to find nonviolent ways to work toward peace and reconciliation. She is well deserving of the Public Peace Prize.
Respectfully,
Dr. Kathleen T. Kenney
Retired – Associate Director, Office of Justice and Peace, Catholic Diocese of Richmond.

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To Peace Prize:

I would give my vote for Ms. Marie Dennis for this year’s Peace Prize.  I worked with Marie at the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns for over 2 years, and she is certainly dedicated to the cause for Peace in the world.

Sr. Veronica Schweyen, MM
Maryknoll office for Global  Concerns

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I have been acquainted with Marie Dennis for well over 25 years, and thoroughly support this nomination. Marie’s commitment to peace, both publicly and on a more personal level has been an inspiration to all who know her. Her quiet calm, her measured assessments of any given situation and her, what seems to me, her enduring, unwavering commitment to a just and lasting peace and her faithful and inspirational personal witness  make her an outstanding candidate for this award.

Cathleen A. Crayton
University of Southern California
Research Advancement
Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences

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Marie seems completely worthy of this beautiful recognition. Her work for peace is authentic and remarkable. Who can surpass her enormous dedication? Please cast my vote for Marie Dennis.

Joan M Krueger

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I would like to nominate Mrs. Marie Dennis for the Public Peace Prize.  She has pursued peace in a peaceful manner.

Father Benjamin J. Urmston, S.J., PhD
http://www.xavier.edu/frben

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I should like to see Marie Dennis receive the Peace Prize. She has been faithful to put herself in discomfort to oppose the build-up of nuclear power at Oak Ridge and other places, even to the point of going to prison for her beliefs. She has been consistently opposed to military madness and protested in her gentle way.  I think she truly imitates Our Lord’s method of leadership.

Sr. Pat Prunty, pbvm
Aberdeen SD

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With a strong dedication to Social Justice, Marie Dennis is an ideal candidate for the Peace Prize. She has a long record of dedication to the cause. Her reputation is international, and she denounces Empire by word and action. She lives what she advocates.

Please choose Marie Dennis for the Peace Prize.

Gary Vogt
Saint Louis, MO   USA

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Marie Dennis had dedicated her life to Peace and Justice. She understands the individual, cultural and systemic roots of injustice and aggression. She had worked to remedy as many of these conditions at the local, national and international level. Her efforts have encouraged more people to become involved to create God’s Kingdom on Earth!

Michelle Rose
Raymore, MO

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I vote for Marie Denis to receive the Peace Award.

Mary Boyce

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I would like to nominate Marie Dennis for the 2016 Public Peace Prize.  I have known Marie for over 20 years and followed her tireless work for peace worldwide.

Patrick Bader

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I would like to support Marie Dennis for her beautiful work she’s doing to others. I never met her but I read about her work and contribution to justice and peace through a little booklet I received from another beautiful human being. In search of more booklets to give to others I discovered the Pax Christi USA and read about Mrs. Marie’s nomination for the Public Peace Prize. Therefore, please count this writing in support of Marie Dennis. Thank you.

Maria Ibarra, MPH

Ruskin, FL

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I am pleased to endorse Ms. Marie A. Dennis for the Public Peace Prize for her decades of pastoral, thought, and executive leadership to promote global peace and justice. Through the quiet power of her words and her example, she has provided an inspirational light for a Church and a world in great need of principled and authentic leadership. In her scholarship, peacemaking via Pax Christi International and other organizations, community building, and works of mercy—known and unknown—she is the model of a center of concern. The example of her dignity, grace, humility, and fortitude as she heads into the world’s trouble spots, and rallies others to reflect, care, and respond, provides a profile in courage and bridge building. She inspires me to get up to go to work every day to support our common hope for the renewal of the earth and the building of a new humanity. I am proud that Ms. Dennis is among Center of Concern’s Community of Creative Voices and I am delighted to note the many voices here in support of her nomination for this prize and in recognition for her leadership. I recommend her most highly.

Lester A. Myers, President, Center of Concern, Washington, D.C.

www.coc.org

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I support the nomination of Marie Dennis.  She works to support peace in all she does.

Lois Bembeck

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Marie accompanied Diana Ortiz, OSU during her fast in front of the White House to gain information about her torture case from the State Dept. I travelled to DC to support Diana and witnessed first hand the myriad of ways Marie protected and supported Diana. She talked to reporters on Diana’s behalf, handled crowds, DC police.

She offered calm and reassuring support when we were arrested on Diana’s behalf. Marie is a wisdom woman who walks her talk. She definitely deserves this recognition.

Sr. Beverly Anne LoGrasso
Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland

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I vote for Marie Denis to receive the Peace Award.

Mary Jo Greil

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I can only say AMEN to all the voices of support for Marie Dennis. I have known her for over 40 years and I cannot think of anyone more worthy of this award. Year after year after year her work for peace has been a shining example for others.  Her six children are a beautiful reflection of their mother’s goodness. Humility stands out among her many beautiful qualities.

Mary Ann Campbell
Notre Dame, IN

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It is a privilege and an honor to support the nomination of Marie Dennis for the Public Peace Prize. We had the opportunity to know Marie while serving with Maryknoll Lay Missionary. She is a woman of deep faith who has been reaching out to the marginalized and actively promoting peace most of her life. She walks the talk as Pope Francis has been encouraging all of us to do.

Randy and Susan Hinthorn

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I vote for Marie Dennis. Ever since I have known her she has been promoting peace, justice and human rights, thousands of hours, never thinking of herself.

Fr. Bill Donnelly

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I cast my vote for Marie Dennis not only for what she has done to further peace and justice in the world but for who she is – a person of deep humility and wisdom who seems not to act out of egocentric needs but in response to what the world needs.  In her passion for peace and justice she has been compassionate, moving many of us who try to be her co-actors from anger to unconditional love for all – even towards the ‘enemy’ or towards those who disagree or whose actions thwart the progress towards our shared ideal that ‘His kingdom come on earth’.  Marie is so successful as a peace maker because she is peace-filled.

Gail Kelley

Former member of Board of Maryknoll Affiliates and co-founder and coordinator of It’s Triangle Chapter

Present Coordinator of Refuge Resettlement Ministry at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Raleigh, NC

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I am pleased to join so many others in voting for Marie Dennis for the Public Peace Prize.

Philip McManus

Santa Cruz, CA,USA

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In support of the Public Peace Prize for Marie Dennis:

Marie Dennis is a woman who weaves peace and reconciliation all around her and beyond, from the grassroots level to a global level where important decisions affecting all of our lives are being made.  

She is gentle and soft-spoken, but a strong leader who exudes confidence and clarity of purpose in whatever mission she undertakes.

She believes in, and works on inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue, and is an advocate of active non-violence or seeking peace by peaceful means.

She is a “voice for peace”- highly sought after to give keynote talks at conferences and universities, for retreats, for media work, and more.

She has vigor and is a special peace activist, but at the same time she maintains her respect for everyone concerned.

Gentle and at the same time possesses positively-oriented, Gospel-centered energy.

Exudes inner peace and at the same time assertively works for world peace.

Incredible, tireless international traveler striving for a more peaceful world bringing hope where hate rules.

Harmonious, gentle yet determined broker for a more peaceful, non-nuclear world.

All of this flows because she is living life as a Secular Franciscan.

Well done, good and faithful servant!

Since I was introduced to Marie Dennis in 2005 through the Bearings Letter she wrote for the Engaging Spirituality program (JustFaith Ministries), she has keep popping up in my life through her amazing involvements, travels and activities:

Served on the JustFaith Board for 7 years from April, 2008 to April, 2015. 

She is author or co-author of seven books, including

–     Oscar Romero:  Reflections on His Life and Writings,

–     Diversity of Vocations,

–     Advent Reflections: “Voices of Hope, Women of Wisdom.

–     St. Francis and the Foolishness of God (new edition recently released by Orbis,

    Professionally, Marie has been involved deeply in various roles:

— director of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns from 1989 to 2012.

— in Washington, DC, she was on the White House Task Force on Global Poverty and Development

— on the advisory committee of Orbis Books

— and the boards of
— the Washington Office on Latin America 

     — the Latin America Working Group

     — the International Resource Center

     — the Washington Office on Africa, and the

     — Jubilee USA Network

Marie now serves

— With the United Nations as a spokesperson, regularly conferring and testifying

— On the steering committee of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network

— As a contributing editor to Sojourners magazine.

Simply put, Marie Dennis has shown and continues build on a lifetime commitment to worldwide peace. She exemplifies what it means to be a “citizen of the world” and a global advocate for peace.


She has helped raise awareness in the US and other world bodies about the impact of various government policies in northern countries on the poorer countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, in an attempt to bring justice and peace to a world torn apart by economic injustice which threatens global peace.

What a woman!  What a role model for me of what it means to be a peace-seeker and a peace-maker!

Ed Boenisch
Cheyenne, Wyoming–USA

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I would like to cast a vote for Marie Dennis.

Robert Short

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Marie Dennis deserves the Peace Prize for her dedication and continual work for peace.

Mary Moritz

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PAX Christi Memphis is a dedicated group of individuals who have been working to help bring peace to Memphis, often following the lead of the greater PAX Christi.

 We enthusiastically support Marie Dennis, co-president of Pax Christi International, to nominate her for the 2016 Public Peace Prize.

Marie is a remarkable peacemaker, and PCUSA Ambassador of Peace.

 Blessings from Memphis!

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In the years we have known Marie, principally as Maryknoll Affiliate, we have not met anyone who has lived and preached for Peace than this wonderful peace filled woman.

She has our vote.

Peggy and Joe Santos, Santa Ana, CA

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I would like to give my support to Marie Dennis to be awarded the Public Peace Prize for her extraordinary life in support of and pursuit of peace in the world. Thank you…

William Z. Murphy

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I support Marie Dennis for Public Peace Prize.

She has worked against nuclear build up at Oakridge, TN.  I heard her speak in S.D. in 2013 and was very impressed. She is a true peace person.Peace,

Judi Poulson

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I can’t think of another person who I could be more thrilled to see nominated for the Public Peace Prize. Marie is a model for how to be a peacemaker in the 21st century.  She is steadfast and true to her core principles, always finding ways to amplify the voices of those on the margins of society. She has certainly taught me so much through her work with Pax Christi and in the DC community. Her mentorship over the years has been felt by me and many others around the world.

Amy Watts-Padilla
Portland, Oregon

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I strongly endorse the candidature  of Marie Dennis for the public peace prize. I know her and her extraordinary commitment for peace and non-violence.

I agree to the statement of Noam Chomsky who said that United States currently is a thread to world peace. Therefore we need especially people in the United States who are really engaged in peace. From Germany best wishes for all people of peace around the world.

Stefan Herbst
Bonn

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I vote for Marie Dennis to receive the Public Peace Prize because of her longstanding efforts for developing peace in the world.

John Moritz

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I met Marie Denis last May at the Pax Christi International Conference.  She is an inspiration for her practice of peace and nonviolence and her tireless efforts to promote peace in every part of the world.  She is so deserving of this prize.

Prudence Moylan, Professor Emerita
Loyola University Chicago

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Thank you for this opportunity. I have known and been inspired by Marie since the ’80’s. Yes, she is a peacemaker. During two terms in leadership for the Maryknoll Sisters I was privileged to see Marie’s work for the Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns. She is a dedicated worker who perseveres toward the best end and who personally remains peaceful through it all.

Suzanne Moore, MM

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I submit my vote for Marie Dennis, Co-President of Pax Christi International.

Mary Martin, Huntington Beach, CA

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Marie Dennis, Co-President of Pax Christi International and a Maryknoll Affiliate, has been nominated for the Public Peace Prize. I highly endorse her for this prize.

Sincerely,

Robert A. Kolinski
Grosse Pointe, Michiga

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I support Marie Dennis for all the amazing faith-filled dedicated and untiring work she has and is doing for the cause of peace and justice for so many years

Marilyn Wilson, BVM

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I enthusiastically support Marie Denis for her unstinting commitment to justice and peace and nonviolence.  Her work and writing are a constant encouragement to me and others.

Dorothy Schwendinger, OSF

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Marie Dennis is a woman who devotes her entire life to peacemaking. She has enriched Pax Christi with her presence, insights, wisdom and understanding at the national and international levels for many years. She is a tireless advocate for peace, working with individuals and organizations around the world for the sake of a more just and sustainable world. She is grounded in a deep faith and nonviolent spirituality that inspire her actions and her writings. Marie has a special gift for uniting people of different cultures and countries in the common work of peace. This award seems especially fitting for her as the people’s choice for a beloved and revered peacemaker, and I support her nomination wholeheartedly

Nancy Small
PCUSA Member and Ambassador for Peace

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I would lie to support Ms. Marie Dennis for Peace Prize because of her great work at Pax Christi International.
Charles Frascati

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It is with great joy that I support the nomination of Marie Dennis. Her dedication to being the peace she promotes both globally and locally is a great inspiration.  Her ability to motivate people to develop peaceful solutions is exemplary.

Anne Richter
Clearwater, Florida

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I wish to vote for Marie Dennis for the Public Peace Prize.  While I do not know her personally, I have been impressed with her devoted work for peace for years and cannot think of anyone who more deserves this recognition.  Her leadership in Pax Christi International alone has been of such great significance as to warrant the prize.

Denise Dreher
Co-Coordinator, Pax Christi Maine

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I wish to endorse Marie Dennis for the Public Peace Prize.
She is a person who has done a great deal for peace throughout her life.

Sincerely,
Russ Feldmeier

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I nominate Marie Dennis for the Peace Prize and support the wealth of comments already made that portray her dedication and commitment to working for peace and justice in local and international arenas. She would be a very worthy recipient.

Ann Farr,
Coventry, UK

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BethAnn Slater:  Marie Dennis is not only the most well deserved person for this prize for all the ways listed about her and more she is also my mom! I continue to be in awe of her ability to find the hope and work hard walking the walk of the talk that she does even better! To listen to her knowledge and understanding as well as her delivery on all aspects of her work for peace in so many corners of our world in any setting makes her even more my idol. She truly, with all of her being, knows that peace is not only possible but the essential component of the New Creation!

13 janvier, à 17:38

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Deanna Phyllis Cattell:  Marie Dennis is the personification of peace selfless working for others taking on responsibility. At the international level. Her personal and public values are the sane. I believe she is the most worthy recipient for the peace prize at this time.

22 janvier, à 12:42

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235 thoughts on “Marie Dennis

  1. I support Marie Dennis’ nomination for the Public Peace Prize in recognition of her decades of tireless and visionary work to promote peace, equality, and justice both locally and globally.

  2. I wholeheartedly support the selection of Marie Dennis for the Public Peace Prize.. I have known her these past forty years and have been inspired constantly by her tireless and effective dedication to the work of peace and justice.

  3. Under the direction of Marie Dennis, the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns took on many challenging issues over the years – the indebtedness of poor countries, food insecurity, inequality, HIV/AIDS, human rights, wars and smaller conflicts, racism, and issues with particular bearing upon women, children, indigenous peoples, and the environment. Her legacy of profound commitment and competence continues to be lived out by the great staff at MOGC. Marie lives life with integrity, gentleness, and wisdom; to be honest, I am in awe of her. I hope very much that she will receive the Public Peace Prize.

  4. Marie Dennis has been an inspiring role model for me and for so many other people I know. I have worked with Marie in her Pax Christi International capacity and have always been deeply moved by her dedication and commitment to the cause of peace. Her gentle nature combined with her creative and intellectual gifts make her a leader of the highest caliber. She deserves this award because of the thousands of hours she has spent in all parts of the world working for human rights, peace and social justice, In my book she will always be #1! Congratulations to all the nominees. We are all better human beings because of you.
    Madeline Labriola, former representative of Pax Christi International to the United Nations in New York

  5. Marie Dennis is a gift to her neighborhood, the church, the world. I can think of no one who has so patiently, enduringly committed her/himself to the tasks of seeking peace and working for justice. Her presence is a fulfillment of what the world so desperately needs.

  6. I support Marie’s nomination for the Peace Award, as she is truly a woman who lives out her faith, in a peaceful and just way. She inspires us all to become promoters and advocates of peace.

  7. It was a blessing to have Marie Dennis with us in Kansas City commemorating the 35th anniversary of the US Churchwomen. Her inspiring reflection still resonates in our hearts. We support the nomination of Marie Dennis for this award!

  8. It is written: “To touch the world with availability and compassion, reverence and responsibility, justice and gratitude is to be a sign of His presence.” I do not know of any more determined or undeterrable sign of His presence in our midst with a more engaging and laser-like focus on peace-making than Marie Dennis. I strongly endorse her receiving this wonderful award. Thank you, Kevin Cahalan, Pax Christi New Orleans

  9. Marie Dennis is a role model for peacemakers. She is tireless in her pursuit of nonviolent solutions to the seemingly endless military and civil disputes that leave so many -especially marginalized people- in their tragic wake. She is also grounded by her commitment to family and community. She is very deserving of this honor.

  10. She was an excellent leader of Pax Christi-International and I know that she would be able to influence more people to be advocates of peace.

  11. I vote for Marie Dennis! She is truly an inspiring individual! I admire the work that she has done to promote peace!

  12. I would like to honor the integrity and the strong leadership in peacemaking of Marie Dennis.
    I admire her wisdom, spirituality and deep peacemaking experience and her tireless commitment to consciously incorporate the witness and wisdom of women into the peacemaking agenda, nationally and internationally.

  13. Marie Dennis works for peace every minute of her waking day.
    She exemplifies peace.
    I nominate her.

  14. Marie Dennis gets my vote for the Public Peace Prize. I have had the privilege to live with her in the intentional community where she resides. Not only does she work tirelessly at the global level to bring about a just and peaceful world, but she also does so in all the simple day to day interactions and tasks of life. I greatly admire her and her commitment to world peace, as well as how humble she is. I am so very grateful for her and the work she does for peace and justice — and the inspiration she is to so many to work for justice and peace, as well. Thank you, Marie!

  15. Marie is a wonderful role model – every position she has held is worth emulating. She has my prayers that she has the good health to continue her work,

  16. I vote for Marie Dennis.This great woman has such a passion for nonviolence and peace.
    Wiltrud Rösch-Metzler

  17. Recently in KCMO I was fortunate to both hear Marie speak publicly and to listen to her while sharing an intimate meal afterwards in a small group setting. She speaks from the heart and from lived experience. We are blessed by her presence.

  18. Marie Dennis is a visionary leader who challenges those within and outside of the Catholic peace movement to rise up to their better selves. She is a gifted speaker, organizer and advocate for the oppressed. On a personal level, I admire Marie’s incredible humility and compassion, as well as her tireless commitment to justice and dialogue with others. She is the rare public figure who leads by example and service.

  19. I wholeheartedly endorse Marie Dennis for the public peace prize. I have known her for almost twenty years. She embodies the ideals of peace and compassion in her person and in her work. She travels to some of the world’s most violent countries such as South Sudan, Iraq and Syria, yet she remains hopeful that peace is possible. She realizes that there are no shortcuts to achieve genuine and lasting peace and is prepared for the hard work and sacrifice that such transformation requires.
    Sister Janice McLaughlin, MM
    Maryknoll Sisters

  20. I can think of no one more worthy or impressive than Marie Dennis over my 23 years “in the work of Justice & Peace.” So happy she is a nominee. She is a tireless advocate for critical issues of our time and so knowledgeable on so many subjects. Also an open listener and humble servant who walks the walk. She shares her knowledge in a way that, even if you were new to an issue, she would explain it clearly, but then could also “go deep.”

  21. She is a wonderful choice for the Peace Prize. She has been an inspiration for us as we work and pray for peace.

  22. I have met Marie Dennis many times over the years. She has consistently placed herself at the service of justice for the world’s poorest people and worked for peaceful transformation of social-economic and political systems so that they will serve the common good. Her gentle demeanor and behavior are founded in strong convictions and a brave and caring heart. I can think of no one more worthy of receiving this award.

  23. Marie Dennis has been a sustained and effective leader for peace and reconciliation for decades and I enthusiastically endorse her nomination. Over her career Marie has been a mentor and friend to peacemakers around the world, many serving in the most difficult circumstances in the most violent societies. Having served on the staff of Pax Christi USA for more than 20 years, I know first-hand the gentle, clear-eyed and steadfast vision that Marie exudes in everything she does. I count myself among those that she has deeply influenced and nurtured for decades. Her work on the spirituality of vulnerability offers a groundbreaking insight into the appropriate posture of American and European peacemakers and is grounded in her years of direct experience working with and walking with marginalized communities around the world. She would be an excellent Public Peace Prize recipient.

    Dave Robinson
    Former Executive Director-Pax Christi USA

  24. We nominate and send prayers that Marie Dennis will receive the 2015 Public Peace Prize! We reiterate what Jean Stokan, Director, Social Justice Team, Sisters of Mercy has written in her above nomination. Yes, Marie “is a walking global coalition.” Marie keynoted our rural South Dakota USA Pax Christi conference. People are still being moved by her compassionate presence and her commitment to think/work/pray globally as peacemakers. We are so proud that she is a recognized leader committed to peace, justice and ecological integrity. And yes, as the first woman to serve as Co-President, Pax Christi International with Bishop Kevin Dowling from South Africa.
    Sister Kay O’Neil – Sister Michelle Meyers, Presentation Sisters Social Justice Team

  25. Marie Dennis is an inspiring role model who has had the courage to give her all to work for world peace even while raising her family. Her book on Diversity of Vocations follows her life work on peace issues and is excellent. I vote for Marie to receive the 2016 Peace Prize.

  26. Marie continues to inspire me by her steadfast commitment and unwavering hope for a better world marked by an increase in respect for human dignity, justice and peace.

  27. Marie Dennis is a tireless, lifelong peacemaker whose commitment and energy have inspired countless others to be bold and persistent in building a world of peace. Although I never met her, she has been a personal role model to me. I am grateful for her leadership and wisdom. With all my heart, I support her nomination for the Public Peace Prize and vote for her to receive this honor.

  28. Marie Dennis is the tangible living expression of lifetime commitment to peace for our epic times!
    I endorse her as well for the Peace Prize.

  29. Marie Dennis has been an inspiration to us of a totally committed Christian who lives out in her work and life her belief in the brother/sisterhood of all peoples in the world and of the mandate we all carry to bring peace and harmony to our world.

  30. I am so happy to support this nomination of Marie Dennis for the Public Peace Prize. When you honor Marie, you will honor not only the organizations she so faithfully led for so many years, like Pax Christi International and Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, but, more importantly, all the many people across the world who have been served by her advocacy, especially those who are most poor and vulnerable to violence and war, global poverty and climate change, forced migration and social exclusion.
    Marie is a tireless advocate for peace, with a heart filled with compassion for the poor and vulnerable, with a passion for justice and the underlying causes of violence and war, and with a deep-Gospel presence of joy and hope for the future.
    We celebrate Marie with you, and express our gratitude for a life lived with fidelity to the Gospel, and a deep spiritual commitment to nonviolence and peace. Thank you for considering this nomination!

  31. Marie Dennis is most deserving of the Peace Prize. She has worked tirelessly for peace for decades. Her story is very moving and inspires all to become peacemakers.

  32. Marie has been a longtime activist in the cause of peace through both her writings and her leadership in Pax Christi. Robin Spence Costa

  33. I am lucky to count Marie Dennis as one of my earliest and strongest influences in peacebuilding and working for social justice. As many have undoubtedly said already, she possess a deep well of expereince, insight,and analysis both politically and spiritually, Her commitment to a culture of encounter and vulnerability as a humanizing and transformative agent for individuals and society is inspiring. I had the opportunity to have her guidence on work I was doing in D.C. as a program associate for Pax Christ (where she generously gave us use of her house for over a year) on issues of nuclear disarmament and also work I did with Pax Christi’s Sister group in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She really helped me to process and understand many of the dynamics I was seeing and experiencing in both circumstances as well as give me a historical view of Pax Christi’s involvement. Some of the things that impress me the most, and that I continually learn from, are her calm/quiet demenor, steadfast resolve, and truely joyful hope in the incremental changes that lead to sustainable positive peace(s). Big Hugs to you Marie and I look forward to the next time we see each other!

  34. Speaking for The Friends of Franz and Ben, namely Blessed Franz Jagerstatter and Ben Solmon, (www.franzjagerstatter.com) we nominate Marie Dennis for the Public Peace Prize. She was there in Linz for Franz’s beatification in 2007; she was on the streets of San Salvador to observe the 25th anniversary of the death of Blessed Oscar Romero; she was there in St Francis House in Washington whenever I came seeking hospitality. This is just a hint of what so many others have observed: Marie has touch so many lives, motivating us all to continue working for the long haul. Public Peace Prize would actually enhance its own public image by honoring Marie.

  35. Please accept my enthusiastic vote for Marie Dennis! I have known Marie for several years and can think of NO OTHER person so qualified for this award. Marie truly embodies the peaceful nature of Jesus in all aspects of her life. She walks the earth in the tradition of St Francis and uses her Franciscan charism throughout her day. Again, please accept my vote for Marie!

  36. With softness, brilliance and devotion to the Prince of Peace, Marie Dennis has inspired scores of people to embrace the hope of a non-violent world. I treasure my friendship with her.

  37. Marie Dennis exemplifies the nonviolent life, from the personal to the systemic and global. Her life long commitment to justice and peacemaking, all grounded in spirituality is inspiring. I highly endorse her for the Peace Prize!

  38. I heartily support the nomination of Marie Dennis to receive this coveted award which she so richly deserves! Marie is one of the most unassuming persons I know and yet under that smooth, quiet, unassuming exterior there beats a heart that is committed to seeking peace in the most extraordinary way. Marie’s grit and determination, known to so many, produces followers like me and other commentators and stands as a beacon lighting the way for us to pursue peace — lasting peace. Marie is wise, committed and guided in her work — our work — by that same Spirit that nudged Jesus into his life of active ministry — {see Luke 4: 18-19 — “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor, He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free….} THANKS Marie for ALL you do!

  39. “Lord make me an instrument of your peace.” Marie Dennis has been and continues to be a strong and gentle instrument of the Lord’s peace. She spreads peace impacting all she meets.

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