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6/10/2013 9:44:00 AM
We are challenged to grow peace
Rotary International
Aung San Suu Kyi receives prize for peace from Rotary International.
Rotary International
Aung San Suu Kyi receives prize for peace from Rotary International.

To the Catholic Sentinel:

“Peace Through Service” and “Imagine a world beyond war built by Rotarians” were on banners at the entrance to the Rotary District 5100 Conference in Portland.

Speakers addressed international conflicts and the efforts to promote peaceful development. “Peace Through Service” is the 2012-’13 theme under Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka. The local District 5100 has named itself a Peacebuilder District. District Governor Mike Caruso, from St. Peter Parish in Newberg, challenged the 75 Rotary Clubs in the district to go beyond financial support and to become Peacebuilder Clubs by developing peace projects. I talked with the Peacebuilder Club members from Newberg, which brings local children to a Peace Village to learn nonviolent conflict resolution, and supports international projects to build peace through improved access to water, food, and energy. Other clubs had projects on domestic violence and human trafficking.

Our pastor at St. Pius Parish, Father Sean Weeks, preached that we offer the peace of Christ to our neighbors with the Sign of Peace during Mass. These Rotarians are showing and growing peace with their efforts.

As Catholics, we are challenged to do the same.

Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss

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