Thursday, June 11, 2009

Fr. Louie Vitale: Nonviolent Responses to Terrorism

See Fr. Louie Vitale's Complete Current Schedule here

Fr. Louie Vitale on You Tube here

Find out more about this Ambassador/Living Saint for peace
Why he has sometimes chosen nonviolent actions which some call "civil disobedience" yet which others say is about "civil" obedience or returning our society to civil actions and the ACTUAL rule of law here

Torture on Trial Statement - here
One of my most courageous and informed friends and an active participants of peace in SouthEast USA sent this along with her personal note:

"Here is what I wrote to my ...friends in Asheville. 'Fr. Louie is the most "saint-like" person I have encountered in my life-time, with the possible exception of Cesar Chavez. He was one of the Prisoners of Conscience in my "class" of SOA line-crossers the year I went to prison. So, we spent time together in processing, during trial preparation, and the following year in prison follow-up. He led a communion service that was the most open, interfaith (there were Jews among us) one I have ever heard a Catholic priest do. Even (a friend) who considers herself a "pagan" and a renegade from the Catholic faith she was brought up in, took communion for the first time in 30 years."

Subject: Louie Vitale: Nonviolent Responses to Terrorism

The WNC Veterans for Peace, Asheville Friends Meeting and War Resisters League-Asheville welcomes

Fr. Louie Vitale

LOVE YOUR ENEMIES: Transforming Us vs. Them Thinking

Engaging Iran in Dialogue

Father Louie will discuss nonviolent responses to terrorism and his recent trip to Iran with the Fellowship of Reconciliation Delegation. He will also share the development towards forging new relationships with the Iranian people and the Iranian government through people-to-people ties and US/Iran talks

Sunday, June 21, 6 pm

Lecture Hall at Thomas A. Simpson Administration Building at Asheville Buncombe Technical College

340 Victoria Road, Asheville NC

Louis Vitale is Pace e Bene’s Action Advocate. A Franciscan priest and former provincial of the California Franciscan Friars, he co-founded the Nevada Desert Experience – a movement to end nuclear testing -- and Pace e Bene. Pastor of a Catholic church in a low-income neighborhood in San Francisco, CA for more than a decade, he recently served five months in prison for opposing torture and was arrested during Holy Week protesting drone bombing at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada. Fr. Louie has served two prison terms for civil resistance to the S.O.A. at Ft. Benning GA. He is the Pax Christi 2009 Teacher of the Year.

For more information, contact Susan Oehler at 828-337-1137 or

Free will offerings for the work of Pace e Bene will be gratefully accepted

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