Friday, May 20, 2016


Art Laffin, long-time Catholic Worker, peace activist,
named 2016 Teacher of Peace

Pax Christi USA honors Laffin for his personal witness to peace and justice

WASHINGTON. D.C. - Pax Christi USA, the national Catholic peace movement, has recognized Art Laffin, a long-time Catholic Worker based in Washington, D.C., as the 2016 recipient of the Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace Award. Laffin's selection hearkens back to the original recipient of the Teacher of Peace Award, first given to Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement, in 1978. Since then, Pax Christi USA has recognized some of the most significant U.S. Catholic activists for peace and justice of the past 4 decades, including actor Martin Sheen; poet and priest Daniel Berrigan, S.J.; and Dead Man Walking author Sr. Helen Prejean, C.S.J.

"We are excited to name Art Laffin of the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker in Washington, D.C. as the recipient of the 2016 PCUSA Teacher of Peace Award," stated Cathy Woodson, Chairperson of the National Council of Pax Christi USA. "Art's long-standing commitment to the peace of Christ has led him to champion the causes of peace, economic justice, and racial justice. He has worked to end the death penalty and the manufacturing of nuclear weapons. His life is a true example of what it means to 'teach peace'."

Art Laffin (center) protesting on Jeju Island

"I greatly value and am immensely thankful to Pax Christi USA for all that it has done to proclaim the peace of Christ in our world. I am deeply humbled and honored to be nominated, let alone selected, for this special award," stated Laffin. "Throughout my journey of peacemaking I have tried, however imperfectly, to follow our crucified and risen Savior! Whatever I have been able to do and accomplish I attribute to God's mercy and amazing grace, the loving steadfast support I have received from my family, and the example of numerous friends whom I have had the privilege to pray, live, serve and resist with, as well as the poor and the victims I have been blessed to accompany. Living in a perilous time where all of life and creation is endangered, I remain committed to and inspired by Jesus and the cloud of witnesses, who beckon us to live and proclaim God's reign of love, justice and peace."

The Teacher of Peace award will be presented to Laffin at the Pax Christi USA National Gathering in Linthicum, MD in August. For a full list of this year's nominees, click here.