PATCHOGUE, N.Y. – MARCH 10, 2014 – The Institute for the Study of Religion in Community Life at St. Joseph’s College (SJC) is pleased to announce that Jim Forest, author, peace advocate and international secretary of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship, is this year’s recipient of the College’s Esse Non Videri Non-Violence Award. Forest will receive the award at a private luncheon on Wednesday, April 2 at 12:40 p.m. on SJC’s Long Island Campus.
“Each year, this award is given to a member of the wider community who is recognized as being a peacemaker,” said Patrick Tracy, director of campus ministry on SJC’s Long Island Campus. “As a writer, theologian and peace activist, Jim Forest is a global peacemaker who truly embodies the College’s mission by being a person of peace, and not just seeming to be.”
Forest’s books include The Road to Emmaus: Pilgrimage as a Way of Life; Ladder of the Beatitudes, Praying with Icons; Living With Wisdom: A Biography of Thomas Merton; and All Is Grace: A Biography of Dorothy Day. Due out in the fall of 2014 is Loving Our Enemies: Reflections on the Hardest Commandment. He is also the author of several children’s books and a published photographer.
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.
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.