NOTRE DAME, In. - The University of Notre Dame's Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies has received the 2008 "Blessed are the Peacemakers" Award from Catholic Theological Union (CTU), the largest Catholic graduate school of theology in North America.
The award is offered each year to an institution or individual "whose accomplishments and commitments reflect the values of our own mission, particularly in the areas of reconciliation, justice, and peacemaking," according to the award letter.
Fr. Donald Senior, C.P., president of CTU, wrote that the board of trustees wished to "honor the Institute for the extraordinary contribution it has made in preparing graduate students and in promoting research and study on issues of peacemaking. CTU feels a deep affinity with the mission and spirit of the Institute . . . At a precarious time in world history, we believe that honoring peacemakers is itself an important witness."
Past award recipients include Lea Rabin, widow of Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin; Sargent and Eunice Shriver; the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president emeritus of Notre Dame; Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah of Jerusalem; Queen Noor of Jordan; Nobel Laureate John Hume of Northern Ireland; Cardinal Walter Kasper, head of the Vatican Office for Ecumenism; Steven Spielberg, for his establishment of the Shoah Visual History Foundation; the One Voice Movement for Peace in Israel and Palestine; Jean Vanier, the founder of the L'Arche community for mentally disabled adults; the Council of Religious Leaders for Metropolitan Chicago; and Sen. John Danforth, former ambassador to the United Nations.
Kroc Institute director R. Scott Appleby will accept the award on April 28 in Chicago at a dinner attended by more than 800 religious, civic and business leaders.
Appleby said the Kroc Institute is "deeply honored, and very pleased that the award shines a spotlight on the important role that academic research and education play in advancing peace worldwide and supporting the Church's efforts in peacebuilding."
The Kroc Institute is a leading center of peace research and education at the University of Notre Dame. Faculty members study the causes of violent conflict and contribute to strategies for just and sustainable peace. The institute offers undergraduate, master's, and Ph.D. degrees in peace studies.
More information: http://kroc.nd.edu.Joan Fallon Kroc Institute Director of Communications 574-631-8819, firstname.lastname@example.org