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Donations: Fostering Peace & Justice for more than 29 years.

Grateful to The Church of Saint Therese of Shavertown, PA, for the generosity of their full-page ad in our AD BOOK.

Greateful to Misericordia University, Campus Ministry of Misericordia, generous donation for 8 students and staff to take part in the Annual Awards

Grateful to MARY SIEGEL,of Dallas, PA, unable to attend the Annual Awards event, she generously donates so others may attend.
BEV AND WALLY WILLIAMS, of ARLINGTON, MA, a generous donation in support of  Peace Center’s AD BOOK.

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June A. Zipp, beloved mother of peacemaker Terri Nowak.

In loving memory of June A. Zipp, beloved mother of peacemaker Terri Nowak. June A. Zipp was 92 years young when she went to her final rest. June, of Columbia, Pennsylvania, passed on July 20, 2010. She was the wife of the late Peter E. Zipp, Sr. who preceded her in death in 1978.

Born in Rohrerstown, she was the daughter of the late Harry O. and Emma Charles McMullen. A homemaker, she was also a self employed seamstress.

June was an active and dedicated member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Columbia, where she participated in the Legion of Mary; Altar Rosary Society; National Council of Catholic Women; Pennsylvania Catholic Beneficial League and the former Trinitarians.

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Samuel Bosch

Samuel Bosch of Kingston died Thursday evening, Dec. 8, 2011, in the Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Plains Township.  Sam was a long standing member of the Peace and Justice Center’s Steering Committee.  In 2006, Sam received the prestigious Constance Kozel Award, for his interfaith work with all churches.  The now named Susan Merrill Constance Kozel Award, named for the Center’s guiding spirit and the Center’s founding director, is presented annually to an individual whose contribution to society reflects the principles of justice and peace.…

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Julie Gyza Taffera

Julie Gyza Taffera, beloved mother of peacemaker Mark Taffera has passed.  Grandma Julie, as she was known to her loved ones, died peacefully Friday, December 31, 2010, surrounded by her family. She was the widow of Angelo Taffera.
 Born April 8, 1926, in Old Forge, she was the daughter of the late John and Matrona Yanchar Gyza. She attended Old Forge High School and along with her husband operated Style Craft Tailors in Taylor. After her husband’s death in 1966, she worked more than 20 years at Rohr Lingerie, Taylor, as a seamstress in her support of children.…

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Gottfried P. Csala, peacemaker

Gottfried P. Csala, peacemaker

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Matthew Brian Dugas

Matthew Brian Dugas, 25, died Tuesday, March 16, 2010, in Washington state. He was born April 28, 1984, in Bangor, Maine, a son of Brian Eugene and Mary Jane (Corson) Dugas. Matthew served in the U.S. Air Force and attended Penn State. Matthew loved computers, online gaming, and he enjoyed reading and the outdoors. Matthew was predeceased by his maternal grandmother, Carroll Corson; paternal grandmother, Barbara Jensen; and paternal grandfather, Leonard Dugas. He is survived by his parents, Brian and Mary Jane (Corson) Dugas, of Wyoming; one brother, Benjamin Dugas; and one sister, Brianna Dugas; his grandfather, Philip R.…

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Athena Smith Ford, peacemaker.


Athena Smith Ford, 33, passed away peacefully early Sunday morning, Oct. 23, 2016, at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton. Athena died in the arms of her brother, Austin, of Mountain Top, with her mother, Diane Smith, of Kingston, father, Tom Ford, and stepmother, Maureen Cosgrove, of Mount Pocono, at her bedside. Athena died of complications from an automobile collision on Oct. 7, 2015, when she was a seat-belted passenger and suffered a traumatic brain injury. Athena never regained consciousness.…

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Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize, died Sunday, September 25, 2011. A biologist by training, she founded the Greenbelt Movement and made visible the links between trees and soil, war and peace, and the human body and spirit. We replay our beautiful 2006 conversation in her memory.
A Remarkable Woman for All People and Places.  May she rest in peace.

Dr. Maathai, one of the most widely respected women on the continent, played many roles — environmentalist, feminist, politician, professor, rabble-rouser, human rights advocate and head of the Green Belt Movement, which she founded in 1977.…

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Bishop Leroy T. Matthiesen

Washington, D.C.—Pax Christi USA mourns the loss of one of its most outspoken and prophetic bishops, Bishop Leroy T. Matthiesen, retired bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Amarillo, Texas. Bishop Matthiesen died on Monday, March 22 after a brief illness. In the summer of 2009, Pax Christi USA honored him as the recipient of the Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace Award.

“Bishop Matthiesen was an incredible witness and an inspiration to all of us in Pax Christi USA,” stated Dave Robinson, Pax Christi USA Executive Director.…

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Athena Smith Ford, 33, peacemaker, passed peacefully Sunday morning, Oct. 23, 2016

Athena Smith Ford, 33, passed away peacefully early Sunday morning, Oct. 23, 2016

(link above for more on Athena’s well-lived life)


 Wherever she went, whatever she did, she touched people and did what she could to make their lives better. In working on her assistance applications, her family discovered that, even in her most spare economic situations, she gave at least a little every month, through modest recurring donations, to organizations for which she cared deeply.…

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