Long-time National Catholic Reporter columnist, Jesuit Fr. John Dear, was recently recognized with a prestigious award for his work in fostering peace. Dear writes an online column for NCR, On the Road to Peace.
Dear stood silent as he received the 2010 Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom award Sunday at St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa, for his worldwide peace-activist efforts.
The award, presented by Bishop Martin Amos of the Diocese of Davenport, admits Dear, a Jesuit priest, into a prestigious fellowship that ranges from Mother Teresa of Calcutta and President John F. Kennedy to Msgr. Marvin Mottet of the Davenport diocese.
“I certainly don’t fit into this community. I feel like a novice peacemaker,” Dear said.