Saturday, March 8, 2008

SOA Founder to Speak in Nashville

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the American Bishop's pastoral, "The Challenge of Peace" and in remembrance of the anniversary of Archbishop Romero's assassination on March 24, 1980, several Catholic lay organizations in Nashville will sponsor Father Roy Bourgeois, a Maryknoll priest, who will speak about his experience in the military, in Vietnam, as well as his own conversion. These themes will lead to reflections on war and peace, moral questions concerning the activities of the School of the Americas, and issues of continuing violence and poverty in Latin America. Fr. Bourgeois is founder of the School of the Americas Watch, an office that does research on the School of the Americas, now renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation or WHINSEC, at Fort Benning, Georgia, where each year hundreds of soldiers from Latin America are trained in combat skills and torture.

Anawim, the Franciscan Peace Center, Just Faith and Pax Christi, have joined with the Association of Peace and Justice Committees, who will host Fr. Bourgeois during his three days in Nashville. These organizations invite and encourage you to attend any or all of Fr. Bourgeois' speaking events in Nashville during March 10-11.

1) Fleming Center, Cathedral of the Incarnation, 7:00 pm Monday, March 10, 2008
2) University Ministries at Belmont University 4:00 pm Tuesday, March 11, 2008
3) Belmont United Methodist Church 7:00 pm Tuesday, March 11, 2008

For more information about these events, members of the public
may contact Anita Sheridan at 615-251-9791.

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