Pacem in Terris Award 2013

June  18, 2013

Two celebrations will be held for this year's Pacem in Terris Award, one in Davenport and one in France. Today the Davenport Diocese announced it will give Jean Vanier the peace and freedom award for his work in promoting social justice.

Diocese spokesman, Kent Ferris, said the presentation in France next month will be the first time the award ceremony will be held overseas.

"For most other recipients, they are able to travel," said Ferris. "Jean no longer travels outside of France. It's just more difficult for him to travel. But his contribution is so well known, and really adds to that list of recipients, that we felt compelled to break our own convention and actually travel to him and give him the award in person. 

Vanier is the founder of L'Arche, an international federation of communities for people with and without intellectual disabilities. One of those communities is located in Clinton, Iowa, and is call The Arch. 

In August, the Davenport diocese will hold a local celebration open to the public to honor Vanier Larche. 

"It is an opportunity for the second oldest L'Arche community in the United States from Clinton, Iowa. to join together and to celebrate," said Ferris. "And it's not just for the benefit of their community, but really the entire community. Our hope is that individuals who may have never attended a Pacem and Terris award ceremony would join us."

Bishop Martin Amos will travel to France to present the Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom award to Jean Vanier on July 7th.  The local celebration will be held August 25th at Saint Ambrose University in Davenport.