Peace activist to get award


CLINTON — Kathy Kelly, a peace activist, author, and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, will receive the Clare Award from the Sisters of St. Francis of Clinton at a public program and reception on Sunday, June 10 in Clinton.
Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, will become the fifth recipient of the award.
She will speak on the topic “Eyewitness to War: Witness for Peace” at the June 10  award presentation at 2 p.m. at The Canticle, home of the Sisters of St. Francis, 841 13th Ave. N. A public reception will follow.
The Clare Award is given by the Sisters of St. Francis to honor a woman who exemplifies the characteristics of St. Clare of Assisi and the values of the Clinton Franciscans: to live active nonviolence, pursuing peace with justice in right relationship with all of creation.
“Kathy has a long history of commitment to peacemaking and nonviolence,” said Sister Jan Cebula, OSF, president of the Franciscans. “Through her compassionate presence in the midst of violence, Kathy teaches us that we are all sisters and brothers. Her strength of conviction is inspiring and moves others to work for a world without war.”
As part of peace team work in several countries, Kelly has led delegations to Iraq 26 times, remaining in combat zones during the early days of both U.S.-Iraq wars, and to Afghanistan five times. She will be returning from a trip to Kabul, Afghanistan on June 6.  Voices for Creative Nonviolence has been working closely with the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers in search of non-military solutions to end the war.
This event is free and open to all.  For more information, contact the Clinton Franciscans at (563) 242-7611 or visit

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