2013 Adela Dwyer-St. Thomas of Villanova Peace Award to be Presented to National Catholic Social Justice Group, NETWORK

The Center for Peace and Justice Education welcomes Sr. Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK and leader of “Nuns on the Bus,” to accept award and present annual lecture

Sr. Simone Campbell

VILLANOVA, Pa. – The Center for Peace and Justice Education at Villanova University will present its 2013 Adela Dwyer-St. Thomas of Villanova Peace Award to NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobby dedicated to economic and social transformation. Sister Simone Campbell SSS, executive director of NETWORK and leader of the “Nuns on the Bus” tour, will accept the award and present a lecture, “The Pentecost of Non-Violence: Policies of Struggle and Hope,” Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 5:00 p.m. in Room 132 of Driscoll Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

For more than 40 years, NETWORK has been a leader in the global movement for justice and peace, influencing Congress on issues such as immigration, economic justice and healthcare. Among the group’s movements was its “Nuns on the Bus” campaign, during which they notably spoke out on the federal budget and immigration reform. During its most recent bus tour, “Nuns on the Bus” traveled across the United States – 6,500 miles across 15 states – visiting 40 cities, urging Congress to pass immigration legislation consistent with their values of family unity and the rights of immigrant workers. Sr. Campbell, who was instrumental in organizing the “Nuns on the Bus” tour, has been executive director of NETWORK since 2004.

“We are delighted to honor NETWORK, a group that has spoken time and again with a prophetic voice on behalf of the poor and marginalized,” said Kathryn Getek Soltis, STL, PhD, Director of Villanova’s Center for Peace and Justice Education. “Sr. Simone and her colleagues model for us what it means to publicly live out one’s beliefs with both courage and creativity.”

The University’s Center for Peace and Justice Education selects the award recipient from a list of candidates nominated by members of the Villanova University community. Past winners include Wendell Berry; Leymah Gbowee; Noam Chomsky; Daniel J. Berrigan, SJ; Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ; Project H.O.M.E.; and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.