Speakers: John and Carrie Schuchardt (Co-founders of the House of Peace, Ipswich, MA)
Date: Friday, September 9, 2016 @ 7:30 p.m.
Place: Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW,
Washington, DC, 20010.
On September 9, 1980, eight peacemakers, including Dan Berrigan and John Schuchardt, entered the General Electric plant in King of Prussia, PA and hammered and poured blood on nose cones of the Mark 12A nuclear warhead, thereby enfleshing the biblical prophesy of “beating swords into plowshares.”(Is. 2: 1-4) This first “plowshares” action has inspired nearly 100 similar actions in the U.S. and abroad.
Dan Berrigan, renowned prophet and one of the most influential peacemakers of our time, was a Jesuit priest, poet, teacher and author of over 50 books, who died on April 30, 2016 at the age of 94. John, and his wife, Carrie Schuchardt, will share about how Dan profoundly influenced their lives. In 1990, John and Carrie founded the House of Peace, a small community in Ipswich, Massachusetts, which offers spiritual and physical shelter to victims of war in companionship with some adults with special needs. During these last 26 years over 400 refugees from over 30 countries have been received in the healing embrace of the House of Peace which gives supportive assistance for resettlement. In recent years children with serious war injuries who come with a parent to receive medical treatment at Boston hospitals also receive hospitality at the House of Peace.