Online series on Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, October-November 2022

​We are excited to announce a new five-part online series focused on the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, organized by David Mueller of the Casa Esther Catholic Worker (Omro, Wisconsin). All are welcome  — use this link to register.

Series schedule:

Tuesday October 4 @ 6:30-8:00pm Central Standard Time (CST) – Why “nonviolence”?

Nonviolence as a core Gospel value, constitutive of the life of faith + Nonviolence is essential to transforming violence and injustice + + Nonviolence is a necessary foundation for a culture of peace

Welcome and opening remarks from Fr. Joseph Mattern, Founder of Casa Esther Catholic Worker, Omro WI


  • Ken Butigan is a Professor at DePaul University in the Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies program and an organizer and educator with Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service.
  • Eliane Lakam is a facilitator/community organizer, focusing on advancing racial and social justice, and promoting women’s participation in peace work. She is a member of the DC Peace Team.
  • Rosie Davila is the Art & Media Coordinator at the Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service.
Tuesday October 11 @ 6:30-8:00pm CST – Returning to and Exploring the Power of Nonviolence

Reaffirming the nonviolent way of Jesus + growing momentum for nonviolence in the Church + The power and effectiveness of nonviolence + contemporary examples of Catholic nonviolent responses to violence

Opening remarks by Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv. of Lexington and Bishop President of Pax Christi USA


  • Marie Dennis was co-president of Pax Christi International from 2007 to 2019 and organizer of the 2016 and 2019 conferences on nonviolence co-sponsored by the Vatican.
  • Rose Marie Berger is a Catholic poet and writer and a senior editor for Sojourners Magazine.
Tuesday October 18 @ 6:30-8:00pm CST – Christian Foundations of Nonviolence

Biblical foundations from the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures + Theological foundations: Perspectives from Creation and Anthropology, Christology, Pneumatology and Ecclesiology + The voice of the Church: Papal statements, Church documents, 2017 World Day of Peace, USCCB pastoral letters.

Opening remarks by Martha Hennessy, Plowshares activist, member of Maryhouse Catholic Worker House and granddaughter of Dorothy Day


  • Lisa Sowle Cahill is the J. Donald Monan, S.J., Professor of Theology at Boston College. She is a past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and the Society of Christian Ethics.
  • KC Choi is the Kyung-Chik Han Chair Professor of Asian American Theology, at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Tuesday October 25 @ 6:30-8:00pm CST – Embracing nonviolence: A New Moral Framework

Renewing the narrative for an ethic of nonviolence and Just Peace + The Catholic Church’s approach to difficult ethical decisions + +Just and effective governance: Embedding norms of nonviolence + The issue of policing and “Responsibility to Protect”

Opening remarks by Archbishop John C. Wester of Santa Fe, New Mexico


  • Eli McCarthy Is a Professor at Georgetown University in justice and peace studies, an author, a steering committee member of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative and the Project Director of DC Peace Team.
  • Sr. Wamuyu Wachira, IBVM was elected co-president of Pax Christi International in 2019. She is currently a Lecturer and Program Leader in Peace and Conflict Studies at St. Paul’s University in Nairobi.
Thursday November 3 @ 6:30-8:00pm CST – Embracing Nonviolence: Transforming the Church

Pastoral implications + opportunities for education, promotion and implementation + Deliberation for the internal life of the Universal Church + moving forward as the People of God


  • Fr. John Heagle is the chair of the Gospel Nonviolence Working Group of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests and the author of “Justice Rising “(Orbis Books, 2010).
  • Judy Coode is the Project Coordinator of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative.

Use this link to register.

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