SJC Honors Local Peace Leader

PATCHOGUE, NY – MARCH 29, 2012 – The Institute for the Study of Religion in Community Life at St. Joseph’s College is pleased to announce that Sr. Mary Beth Moore, S.C., co-director of The Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives, will be the recipient of this year’s Esse Non Videri Non-Violence Award on Thursday, April 19 at 12:40 p.m. in the McGann Conference Center located on the College’s Long Island Campus.

Co-director of The Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives, Sr. Mary Beth Moore, S.C. has been advocating for peace within vulnerable populations for more than 40 years. From 2003 to 2008, she served as coordinator of Pax Christi Long Island, where she remains an active member within its local chapter council. Sr. Mary Beth is a former pastoral agent for a Catholic Church in Bellmore, NY and served in the same capacity in South America for 10 years. She also held an administrative post within her congregation, the Sisters of Charity. Sr. Mary Beth holds an M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling from New York University.

“Sr. Mary Beth Moore is a model of the College’s commitment to furthering local and global efforts toward advancing peace and justice,” said Patrick Tracy, director of campus ministry for SJC’s Long Island Campus. “Her history of leadership with the peace advocacy groups Pax Christi and the Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives, as well as her contributions to her own religious community, the Sisters of Charity, make her a very worthy recipient of the Esse Non Videri award.”

Named after the College’s motto, Esse Non Videri: “To be, not to seem,” the Non-Violence Award is presented annually to individuals who exemplify compassion, social engagement and spirituality in the pursuit of social justice and peace. Recipients are chosen for their commitment to a nonviolent way of life and efforts toward bringing about peace, perhaps in an individual or personal situation, or to the wider community or world. Past recipients include Nobel Peace Prize nominee Fr. John Dear; women’s rights activist Homaira Mamoor; award-winning journalist Antoinette Bosco; peace activist Sr. Mary Fritz; Woodrow Wilson Fellow Janet Wallach; and Dead Man Walking author Sr. Helen Prejean.

“By living a life of dedicated service, especially to the most vulnerable and marginalized in society, Sr. Mary Beth has lived up to the words of the College's motto from which the award takes its name —‘To be, not to seem,’” said Mr. Tracy. “She is a great source of inspiration and she honors us all in receiving this award.”

This event is free, open to the public and by RSVP only. A light lunch will be served. For more information, call 631.687.2681 or email pginnetty@sjcny.edu.

About St. Joseph's College

St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 29 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.

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