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Jesus and the Mission of Peace, Love and Nonviolence
Location: Conference Center
Category: Weekend Opportunities
Date: Friday September 7, 2018 through Sunday September 9, 2018
Cost: $250.00
Minimum Deposit: $100.00


7:00 p.m. Friday, September 7, 2018
Sunday, September 9, 2018

"Jesus and the Mission of Peace, Love and Nonviolence"

Presenter: Rev. John Dear

Our fragmented and polarized world is out of sync with nature.  The ancient Greeks knew that awareness of the cosmos was essential to right living. By renewing an understanding of catholicity today as it originated among the Greeks, we have an opportunity to awaken to a new sense of wholeness with God at the center. We will explore the meaning of catholicity in its relation to cosmos and consciousness to see how a renewed understanding of catholicity can empower a new world.

Rev. John Dear is an internationally recognized voice and leader for peace and nonviolence. A priest, activist and author, he served for years as the director of the
Fellowship of Reconciliation, the largest interfaith peace organization in the U.S.

After September 11, 2001, he was a Red Cross coordinator of chaplains at the Family Assistance Center in New York, and counseled thousands of relatives and rescue workers.  John has traveled the war zones of the world, been arrested some 80 times for peace, led Nobel Peace prize winners to Iraq, recently visited Afghanistan, given thousands of lectures on peace across the U.S., and served as a pastor of several churches in New Mexico.  He arranged on many occasions for Mother Teresa to speak to various governors to stop an impending execution, and recently helped draft Pope Francis’ Jan. 1, 2017 World Day of Peace message on nonviolence. He is a co-founder of Campaign Nonviolence and the Nonviolent Cities Project.  

His thirty five books include: The Beatitudes of Peace; The Nonviolent Life; Walking the Way;
Thomas Merton Peacemaker; A Persistent Peace; Transfiguration; You Will Be 
My Witnesses;
Living Peace; The Questions of Jesus; The God of Peace; Jesus the Rebel; Peace Behind Bars; Lazarus Come Forth! and Disarming the Heart.

He has been nominated many times for the Nobel Peace Prize, including by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Sen. Barbara Mikulski.

He works for, is a priest of the Diocese of Monterey, Cal.,
and lives in New Mexico. See:


If you would like to register for this or any of our programs, there are several easy ways to do so.
You may:
• click the "Register" link located at the bottom of this page
• call 724-964-8886 to speak with a member of our friendly staff
• complete and mail the printable registration form along with your payment to:
     Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center
     2067 Evergreen Road
     P.O. Box 424
     Villa Maria, PA 16155

 Refund Policy

 Registration due by August 24, 2018



Includes: Retreat, Lodging, and Meals from Light Supper on Friday to Lunch on Sunday
For more information
Phone: 724-964-8886
July 2018