Catholic Peace Ministry Presents Twelfth Annual Bishop Dingman Award

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THE CATHOLIC PEACE Ministry (CPM) drew a record-breaking crowd for its 12th annual award celebration at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart (OLIH) Catholic Church in Ankeny, Iowa on March 3.

"It is most fitting that each of you should receive the Bishop Maurice J. Dingman Peace Award," CPM board member Bob Brammer told this year's honorees, Des Moines peace activists Eloise Cranke and Rev. Chet Guinn. "You share many of the qualities we so admired in him. You carry on his work. You remind us of him.

"Like Bishop Dingman, your commitment to waging peace springs from your faith; you both constantly strive to answer God's call to be instruments of peace," Brammer elaborated. "Like Bishop Dingman, you are quick to collaborate. You each give of your time to many organizations that work for justice and peace, and you do much to connect our groups and foster cooperation."

CPM director Brian Terrell also emphasized cooperation and collaboration as he described recent CPM activities, including the group's participation as one among several Iowa peace and justice organizations in an action at the Des Moines office of Congressman Leonard Boswell (D-IA) in late September as part of the nationwide Declaration of Peace initiative endorsed by some 500 national and local peace and justice organizations (see December 2006 Washington Report, p. 62). Terrell noted that CPM also has taken an active role in more recent actions at the Iowa offices of Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) as part of The Occupation Project, a continuing initiative organized nationally by Voices for Creative Nonviolence and supported by dozens of national and local peace and justice organizations.

On May 3 of last year Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA)-who was the keynote speaker at the 1997 CPM award ceremony honoring Sr. Gwen Hennessey, OSF-introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 93, calling for no permanent U. …