Father Louie Vitale, a Franciscan priest, activist, Pace e Bene, and co- founder of Nevada Desert Experience and recently returned from a trip to Iran with the Fellowship of Reconciliation Interfaith Peacebuilding Delegation. With a background in sociology and a focus on the Sociology of Religion and social movements, Louie is a long time social activist. A Franciscan priest who served as the provincial of the California Franciscan Friars from 1979 to 1988, he co-founded the Nevada Desert Experience and its enduring movement to end nuclear testing. He recently completed twelve years as the pastor of St. Boniface Catholic Church in a low-income neighborhood in San Francisco, California. He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Louie finished serving a six month sentence for his nonviolent action in trying to draw attention to and to close the School of the Americas/Whinsec at Ft. Benning, GA in 2006. He is currently the "Action Advocate" for Pace e Bene and is involved in trying to raise awareness about issues of torture and US involvement in it. To that end, he was arrested at Ft. Huachuca in Nov 2006 and served five months in prison from October 2007 to March 2008. See his blog about the trip to Iran at http://paceebene.org/blog/louis-vitale/friendship-delegation-iran
Sunday, March 22nd Community Potluck (5:00 pm)
Talk at 6:15 pm Northern Light Church 6:15 "NONVIOLENT ACTIVISM IN A VIOLENT WORLD"
Monday, March 23rd "CITIZEN DIPLOMACY WITH IRAN" at Egan Lecture Hall, UAS Campus at 7:15 pm