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)

Loxi Hopkins
CCHD & CRS Diocesan Director
Phone: 563-888-4212

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

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.  More...

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L'Arche Communities receive Pacem in Terris Award -By Quad City Times.  

A 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.

Members 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. More....

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Bishop Amos delivers award to Jean Vanier in France

By Barb Arland-Fye

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 disabilities More...

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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.”  More...

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 half-century ago.  More...

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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 1964.

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.