St. Barbara Province to Honor Activist Louis Vitale

HNP Communications Franciscan World

After a long hiatus, Pacific Currents, the newsletter of the St. Barbara Province in California, has returned.

The most recent issue on Feb. 1 featured an article on the Regents and the Franciscan School of Theology Tau Award. This year, the award will be given to Fr. Louis Vitale, OFM, by Hollywood actor and peace activist Martin Sheen.

Fr. Louis, a widely known Franciscan activist and former St. Barbara provincial minister, was last arrested in Georgia on Jan. 25, 2010, for his involvement in a protest calling for closure of the School of the Americas at Ft. Benning. He was found trespassing on the U.S. Army base and spent six months in jail. He was released on July 23.

The founder of the Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service will receive his award March 12 at the annual Regents Gala. The award recognizes those who exemplify Franciscan values of peace, justice and sacredness of creation.

The recent Pacific Currents newsletter provided a link to a letter by Fr. Louis called “The Promise of Peace.”

Information about the March 12 event is available from Randi Quaid at (510) 848-6232 ext. 34.

— Compiled by Wendy Healy