Workshops, Retreats, and Vigils

Education, reflection, and prayer are all important tools for bringing about social change. At the Center for Peacemaking we provide opportunities in each of these areas to further the development of informed, spiritually-centered, nonviolent peacemakers.

SOA Watch vigil

Every year the Center for Peacemaking partners with SOA-W Wisconsin to give Marquette students the opportunity to attend the annual SOA-Watch Vigil and Border Convergence in Nogales, AZ (formerly held at the gates of Ft. Benning, GA). This experience continues to be a powerful, transformative, and educational experience for students. Please contact us if you are interested in attending the vigil or would like to subsidize the cost of travel for students.

Past workshops, retreats, and vigils

Refugee and Migration Simulation and Prayer Vigil

Vigil for Peace in Pakistan

Rev. Charlie McCarthy and John Carmody - Gospel Nonviolence

Original Christianity, for about 300 years after the life of Christ, forbade the use of violence and enmity. This retreat led by Rev. Charlie McCarthy and John Carmody provides what many have called a life-changing experience of the Nonviolent Jesus of the Gospels. It addresses our struggles to transform our lives and our world by living Christ’s example and message of universal love and kindness in all our relationships. It shows us how we can effect peace in our families, communities, workplace, political structures and the world by confronting with love those forces within that undermine the innate capacity for care and compassion with which we are all imbued.

Rev. Emmanuel Charles McCarthy is the founder and the original director of The Program for the Study and Practice of Nonviolent Conflict Resolution at the University of Notre Dame. He is a co-founder, along with Dorothy Day and others, of Pax Christi-USA. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his life’s work on behalf of peace within people and among people.

John Carmody is currently director of the Center for Christian Nonviolence in Wilmington, DE. He served as a Marine Platoon Commander and Company Executive Officer in Vietnam in '67 and '68 where he was awarded a Silver Star and two Purple Hearts. He left the Marine Corps as a captain in 1970 to pursue a career in teaching and later worked for DuPont Pharmaceuticals.

Grandmother Mona Polacca - The Spirituality of Mother Earth

This retreat was led by Grandmother Mona Polacca, M.S.W., Member of The International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. She is a Havasupai, Hopi, and Tewa Native American whose tribal affiliation is of the Colorado River Indian Tribes of Parker, Arizona. The Grandmothers are a group of women representing indigenous cultures from around the world, who are concerned with destruction of the earth and indigenous ways of life.

Mona has been a featured conference speaker both nationally and internationally, themes focusing on indigenous peoples human rights, aging, mental health, addiction and violence. In December 2008, Mona had the honor of being the representative of the indigenous Peoples on a panel of world religious leaders who drafted and signed a statement “Faith in Human Rights,” in commemoration of the 60th Year of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She is employed with the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. working with the tribes on addressing health issues.

Mona is also featured in a wonderful collection of teachings and stories compiled in the book, “Grandmothers Counsel the World: Women Elder Offer Their Vision for Our Planet” (ed. Carol Schaefer).

Ken Butigan and Lisa Haufschild - Tools for Nonviolent Social Change