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Peace Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow


March 21–23, 2013    University of Notre Dame






Rev. Kenneth R. Himes, O.F.M.

Associate Professor, Theology Department, Boston College

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Title: Pacem in Terris: Its Context and Legacy”


Bio: Prior to joining the faculty at Boston College he taught for more than twenty years at the Washington Theological Union.  A member of the Order of Friars Minor, the Franciscans, Professor Himes is also an ordained Catholic priest. His book Fullness of Faith, coauthored with his brother Michael, was selected by the Catholic Press Association as the First Prize winner among theology books for that year. Professor Himes was also the coeditor of a textbook Introduction to Christian Ethics and was the founding associate editor of the journal New Theology Review, later serving for five years as editor-in-chief. He has written more than 75 essays for a range of periodicals. His book Responses to 101 Questions on Catholic Social Teaching, has been translated into Polish and Chinese and a second edition will be published later this year. Georgetown University Press published a volume he edited, Modern Catholic Social Teaching: Commentaries and Interpretations, which received the first prize award for reference books from the Catholic Press Association. His newest book, Christianity and Politics will be published in April by Orbis Books. Awarded the Ph.D. from Duke University in religion and public policy, Fr. Himes has a special interest in the area of Catholic social teaching and the role of the church in American public life. He is a past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America.




Rev. James Channan, O.P.

Director, Peace Center of the Dominican Order in Pakistan

Regional Coordinator, United Religions Initiative (URI)

Lahore, Pakistan

Title: Pacem in Terris: Its Influences and Challenges to Catholics/Christians in an Islamic Context of Pakistan”

Bio: Father James Channan, is a Catholic priest and director of the Peace Center of the Dominican Order in Pakistan and URI  Regional Coordinator, Pakistan. He is a Dominican friar.  As an interfaith and Catholic leader, Fr. Channan has been regularly consulted on religious issues by Pakistan’s government and lectures on interfaith peacebuilding around the world. He is the author of Christian Muslim Dialogue in Pakistan and receives extensive media coverage for his work. Father Channan holds a Licentiate Degree from the Pontifical Institute for Islamic Studies and Arabic language in Rome and a Masters Degree in Counseling from Emmanuel College in Boston, MA. He  did Gradutate Course on World Religions from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. He also received Certificate for doing Peacebuilding Course at American University, Washington, D.C. Father Channan served as Consultor for the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue under Pope John Paul II from 1985 until 1995, and as Consultor to the Vatican Commission for Religious Relations with Muslims from 1999 to 2004. He also served for 17 years as Executive Secretary of the Catholic Bishops National Commission for Christian Muslim Dialogue. Father Channan is a founding member of URI-Pakistan and organized URI’s 1,500-mile “Journey for Peace” from Karachi to Khyber in 2000. He has served as URI’s regional coordinator in the country since 2002. He received an international  "Golden Rule Peace Award"  from Finland on September 21, 2011 and he was awarded with  Honorary  "Doctor of Divinity Degree" from International Gospel Mission in Norway on November 23, 2012 on the recommendation of Theological Seminary Pakistan.




Amina Rasul-Bernardo, M.B.A., M.P.A.

President, Philippine Center for Islam Democracy (PCID)

Managing Trustee, Magbassa Kita Foundation, Inc.

San Juan City, Philippines

Title: “A Common Prayer for a Common Peace: The Roles of the Muslim and Christian Religious in Peaceful Resolution of Conflict in Mindanao”

Bio: Ms. Amina Rasul-Bernardo is president of the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (council) and a managing trustee of the Magbassa Kita Foundation, Inc. (MKFI). Recently, she has been appointed as a board member of the Mindanao Development Authority. She has written and edited several books on the Mindanao conflict, Islam and democracy. She was a columnist with Manila Times but is now writing for Business World. She has lectured at Harvard University, Yale University, Georgetown University, University of Michigan, University of Notre Dame , Australian National University, Nanyang Technological University, and many others. With degrees in Economics (UP), Masters in Business Administration (AIM) and Masters in Public Administration (Harvard), she has brought economic development into her advocacies for Mindanao, particularly Muslim Mindanao.

She was a member of the Philippine Cabinet under former President Fidel V. Ramos, as Presidential Advisor on Youth Affairs, appointed concurrently as the first Chair of the National Youth Commission (NYC), which she organized. During her term, the national government focused on and committed resources to the National Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP). Under her leadership, the NYC’s Medium Term Youth Development Plan was cited by United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) as one of the best practices in the preparation of a youth development plan.

The Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID) started as a Council, a network of Muslim democracy advocates, in 2002. PCID had successfully helped organize a national network of Muslim religious organizations—the National Ulama Conference of the Philippines (NUCP)—with over 150 organizations as members. PCID is now working with the Muslim women religious leaders to establish their own network, Noor-us Salam. She led the development of an Islamic peace education model for the Philippines (available in book form), one of a handful in the Islamic world. PCID hosted the first International Workshop on Islamic Peace Education (Davao City, June 27–30, 2010), which brought together the leading experts on Islamic peace education and conflict resolution. Recently, the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy was registered, which will serve as the institute supporting the Council ( PCID is internationally known as a think-tank, a credible source of analysis on the peace, security, development situation in Muslim Mindanao as well as Islam and Democracy. She was a Visiting Professor at the Pontifical University of Santo Tomas, Manila where she developed an interactive module to teach Peace and Conflict Studies. She earned a master's degree in business management from the Asian Institute of Management and a Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She has served as a resource person for CNN, Al-Jazeera, BBC, C-Span, Australian National Radio, as well as Philippine media.




Julian Filochowski, C.M.G., O.B.E.

Chair of the Archbishop Romero Trust in England

Former Director of CAFOD

England & Wales

Title: “Oscar Romero: The Martyrdom of an Apostle for Peace and a Vatican II Champion”


Bio: Born in 1947, Julian Filochowski studied Economics at Churchill College, Cambridge. On graduation in 1969, he became coordinator of the British Volunteer Programme in Central America based in Guatemala City. 

In 1973 he joined the Catholic Institute for International Relations in London. For nine years he campaigned on human rights and development issues linked to Latin America. Inter alia, he worked with Archbishop Oscar Romero, organized his Nobel Prize nomination, supported and advised him at the Puebla CELAM Conference, and attended his funeral on behalf of Cardinal Hume and the episcopal conference of England and Wales.

In 1982 Julian joined the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD). During his 21 years as CEO, CAFOD became a major international relief and development agency with recognized competence not only in disaster relief and long-term development programs, but also in advocacy and lobbying and grass roots development education. For 16 years he chaired the Caritas International Commission on HIV/AIDS. He served for five years a member of the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum” – the Vatican dicastery with responsibility for international relief and development. He was honored in Britain with the OBE and CMG awards for services to international development.

During a sabbatical year studying the papers and archives of Archbishop Romero, in November 2004, he received an honorary doctorate in human rights from the UCA, the Jesuit University in El Salvador. In 2006 he received an honorary doctorate in law from Roehampton University.

Julian is a founder trustee and chair of the UK-based Archbishop Romero Trust, a director of the Tablet magazine, and a trustee of the Denis Hurley Association and of the Carmelite Friars, Aylesford; he currently works as advocacy and strategic development advisor at Jesuit Missions in London. 

Publications: Joint editor and contributor Opening Up—Speaking Out in the Church (2005); Chapters in Unfinished Business (2003) and The New Politics (1998); Archbishop Romero, Ten Years On (1991); Reflections on Puebla (1980).




Ken Butigan, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service

Chicago, Illinois

Title: “Pacem in Terris and Nonviolent Action for Peace”


Bio: A peace and justice worker, teacher, workshop facilitator, and writer for two decades, Ken Butigan is currently serving as Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service’s Executive Director. Since the early 1980s, Ken has worked with numerous social movements, including movements for a nuclear-free future, an end to homelessness, and freedom for East Timor. From 1987 to 1990, he was the national coordinator of the Pledge of Resistance, a network of 100,000 people in 400 local groups that organized coordinated nonviolent action for peace in Central America. In January 2006, he initiated the Declaration of Peace and has been one of its national organizers. The Declaration of Peace is a nationwide, grassroots nonviolent action campaign to support a comprehensive plan for peace in Iraq. Ken joined the Pace e Bene staff in 1990. He developed and for several years directed Pace e Bene’s From Violence To Wholeness program, and was actively involved in creating Pace e Bene’s Engage: Exploring Nonviolent Living program. Ken earned his Ph.D. in the Historical and Cultural Studies of Religions at the Graduate Theological Union in 2000. He has been a lecturer in the spirituality and practice of nonviolence at the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, and directed the Spiritual Life Institute at Saint Martin’s College in Washington State for three years. He currently teaches at DePaul University and Loyola University in Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies. Ken has published five books, including Pilgrimage through a Burning World: Spiritual Practice and Nonviolent Protest at the Nevada Test Site (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2003). Ken lives in Chicago with his spouse Cynthia Okayama Dopke and their beautiful daughter Leah Toyomi.





Kathy Kelly, M.R.E.

Coordinator, Voices for Creative Nonviolence

(Campaign to end U.S. military and economic warfare)

Chicago, Illinois

Title: “Love Your Enemies: Living with Gazan and Afghan Friends in a Time of War”


Bio: Kathy Kelly co-coordinates Voices for Creative Nonviolence (, a campaign to end U.S. military and economic warfare. During each of nine recent trips to Afghanistan, Kathy Kelly, as an invited guest of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, has lived alongside ordinary Afghan people in a working class neighborhood in Kabul. She and her companions in Voices for Creative Nonviolence believe that “where you stand determines what you see.” They are resolved not to let war sever the bonds of friendship between them and Afghan people whom they’ve grown to know through successive delegations. Kelly and her companions insist that the U.S. is not waging a “humanitarian war” in Afghanistan. Kelly has also joined with activists in various regions of the country to protest drone warfare by holding demonstrations outside of U.S. military bases in Nevada, upstate New York, and most recently, at Whiteman Air Force base in Missouri. From 1996 –2003, Voices activists formed 70 delegations that openly defied economic sanctions by bringing medicines to children and families in Iraq. Kathy and her companions lived in Baghdad throughout the 2003 “Shock and Awe” bombing. They have also lived alongside people during warfare in Gaza, Lebanon, Bosnia, and Nicaragua. She was sentenced to one year in federal prison for planting corn on nuclear missile silo sites (1988-89) and spent three months in prison in 2004 for crossing the line at Fort Benning’s military training school. As a war tax refuser, she has refused payment of all forms of federal income tax since 1980.


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