Pacem In Terris 



The Pacem in Terris  Peace and Freedom Award was created in 1964 by the Davenport Catholic Interracial Council.  An Award is presented by the Diocese in collaboration with other organization to honor a person for their achievements in peace and justice, not only in their country but in the world.

Previous Pacem In Terris Recipients Encyclical letter Pacem in Terris  (Peace on Earth)

Kent Ferris
Director of Social Action & Catholic Charities
Phone: 563-888-4211

Esmeralda Guerrero
Administrative Assistant Social Action & Catholic Charities
Phone: 563-888-4210

2015 Pacem in Terris

Thich Nhat Hanh named Pacem in Terris winner

Zen Master Known for bridging Eastern and Western spirituality

By Katie Kiley
For the Catholic Messenger

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, renowned for bridging Eastern and Western spirituality, is the 2015 Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award recipient.

Traditionally, the honoree of this peace prize — based on the 1963 Pacem in Terris encyclical of Pope John XXIII — journeys to Davenport to receive the award. However, because the 89-year old “Thay” (or Teacher) is recovering from a severe stroke, Bishop Martin Amos will travel to Deer Park Buddhist Monastery in southern California to present the award. A designee of Thay (pronounced “tie”) and his visiting community of 120 Vietnamese monastics will accept the award on their leader’s behalf. More...


Local celebration soon to be announced.

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