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.
Pacem in Terris Award part II
By Barb Arland-Fye
DAVENPORT — A toe-tapping, hand-clapping
sing-along marked perhaps the most joyous celebration of the Pacem in
Terris Peace and Freedom Award in its 49-year history.
L’Arche communities from Clinton, Chicago, St. Louis and Overland
Park, Kan., led the sing-along Aug. 25 at St. Ambrose University in
Davenport in honor of the award’s recipient, Jean Vanier, who refers to
himself as the beginner of L’Arche. They concluded the songfest with
“Happy Birthday” to Vanier, who turns 85 on Sept. 10 and will receive a
videotape of the ceremony.
L'Arche Communities receive Pacem in Terris Award -By Quad City
community brought together by love and faith sailed forth in song Sunday
during the annual Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom award ceremony at
St. Ambrose University, Davenport.
of the communities known as “L’Arche,” which is French for “the ark,”
gathered as part of the audience at the university's Rogalski Center,
when Joan Mahler, national director of L’Arche USA, received an award
from Bishop Martin Amos of the Diocese of Davenport. Earlier this
summer, Amos, along with Barb Arland-Fye, editor of The Catholic
Messenger, awarded the Pacem in Terris to Jean Vanier in the village of
Rosly-Breuil, France, where Vanier began L’Arche 50 years ago.
Amos delivers award to Jean Vanier in France
TROSLY-BREUIL, France — Inside a rustic chapel 4,000 miles away from his
Diocese of Davenport, Iowa, Bishop Martin Amos presented a peace award
to Jean Vanier for fostering total acceptance of people as they are —
with and without disabilities.
The 84-year-old philosopher, writer and man of prayer accepted the Pacem
in Terris Peace and Freedom Award in the French village where he began
L’Arche a half-century ago. Inspired by the Gospels and social justice
activists such as Dorothy Day, he has made it his mission to create a
sense of home, of belonging, of family, for adults with intellectual
Relationships, growth key to L'Arche
Catholic Messenger: Is it generally young people who come to be
assistants (in L’Arche communities)? Is that age changing?
Vanier: There are a number of people who work with people with
disabilities and who are disappointed at what they’re finding in
institutions. So they come here. Others come at the age of say 20,
between 20 and 25. But somewhere they have lived a failure. What do I
mean by that? They wanted to get into medical school … I find that many
of the assistants, volunteers, are people who have lived failure. Good
people, but who have lived failure. I would say that 20 years ago people
would come because they heard L’Arche was a new type of community. And
so they would come because of that. But (today) the majority (of people)
do not come for that. Though there are a certain number of people who
have had experiences in religious orders, and are not happy with what
they have found and have come here with good motivation; some of them
have excellent motivation.… They have lived a failure in a religious
order. But they’re very good people, young.”
Persons, places and things: Hospitality of L’Arche
By Barb Arland-Fye
July 25, 2013
The Scripture reading of Abraham entertaining three strangers, which we
heard last Sunday at Mass, brought to mind the hospitality Bishop Martin
Amos and I experienced at L’Arche in France earlier this month.
We were guests at La Ferme (French for “the farm”), a retreat center of
traditional stone buildings, surrounded by gardens and sitting at the
edge of the forest of Compiegne, about an hour north of Paris. Bishop
Amos and I traveled to this place of prayer and hospitality to deliver
the Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award to Jean Vanier, who calls
himself the “beginner” of L’Arche. La Ferme is within walking distance
of the house in Trosly-Breuil where Jean Vanier began L’Arche a
L'Arche founder Jean
Vanier to recived 2013 Pacem in Terris Award
Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche, an
international federation of communities in which people with and without
intellectual disabilities share life together, will receive the Pacem in
Terris Peace and Freedom Award.
For the first time in its history the Davenport-based award is being
taken overseas, to France, where Bishop Martin Amos will present the
award to Vanier on July 7 in the village where he founded L’Arche in
The award honors Pope John XXIII and commemorates his 1963 encyclical
letter Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth). Previous award recipients
include John F. Kennedy (posthumously), Martin Luther King Jr., Mother
Teresa, Dorothy Day, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, Archbishop Desmond
Tutu, Cesar Chavez, Sister Helen Prejean and Lech Walesa.
More at the Catholic Messenger.