On Wednesday, April 17, at 7 p.m., The Richard G. Lugar Franciscan Center for Global Studies will present “The Church's Struggle for Peace in the Republics of Sudan and South Sudan.” The lecture will feature Bishop Emeritus Paride Taban, nominee for Nobel Prize for Peace and recipient of the 2013 Sergio Vieira de Mello Prize, and John Ashworth, the Kroc-Catholic Relief Services Fellow at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame and an advisor to the Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference.
The lecture will be held in the Marian University Theatre on the campus of Marian University and is open to the public at no charge, but registration is required.
Bishop Paride Taban was Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Torit in the Republic of South Sudan from 1983-2004, in the midst of the Republic of Sudan’s civil war—the world’s longest civil war that took the lives of two million people. In 2005, he founded the Holy Trinity Peace Village in Kuron, a place where people of different ethnicities and faiths live together. For this work, and a lifetime as an exemplary witness for peace, Bishop Taban was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, and on March 1, 2013, was awarded the Sergio Vieira de Mello Prize by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
John Ashworth is a consultant to Catholic Relief Services on the Republics of Sudan and South Sudan and an advisor to the Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference and has devoted the past 30 years to peace-building and advocacy efforts in northern and southern Sudan. He arrived in the Republic of South Sudan in April 1983, one month before the civil war began and then lived and worked there for the next nine years. Ashworth is currently the Kroc-Catholic Relief Services Fellow at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, where he is writing a book on peace-building in the Republics of Sudan and South Sudan.
This lecture is part of the Global Studies Speaker Series presented by The Richard G. Lugar Franciscan Center for Global Studies. The center promotes the study of contemporary global issues with special attention to Marian University's core Franciscan values of dignity of the individual, peace and justice, reconciliation, and responsible stewardship. The Global Studies Speaker Series and other public events bring central Indiana's increasingly international and multi-cultural community onto the Marian University campus.