Author Jim Forest to Receive SJC’s Non-Violence Award

March 09, 2014

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. MARCH 10, 2014 The Institute for the Study of Religion in Community Life at St. Josephs College (SJC) is pleased to announce that Jim Forest, author, peace advocate and international secretary of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship, is this years recipient of the Colleges 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 SJCs 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 SJCs Long Island Campus. "As a writer, theologian and peace activist, Jim Forest is a global peacemaker who truly embodies the Colleges mission by being a person of peace, and not just seeming to be.

Forests 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 childrens books and a published photographer.

Named after the Colleges 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; womens 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.