Congratulations to my priest, Father Peter Dougherty (of Michigan Peace Team), for winning the 2009 International Gandhi Award! Michigan Peace Team works tirelessly to promote pacifism around the world, going only where invited to help the needy. Peter Dougherty risks his life constantly in war zones, serving as a human-rights witness to helpless people around the world.
MPT is a Catholic organization, but our members come from all faiths and walks of life. We have witches, agnostics, non-Catholics, Muslims ... every sort of beautiful blend of faiths. And our dear Father Peter deserves this award in every way. He is one of the loveliest, funniest, greatest people I have ever known. He is an inspiration in every way, and a more open mind than his one could only hope to possess. Prior winners include Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Father Peter will be traveling to India this month to receive this much-deserved and honorable prize.
All the religions of the world, while they may differ in other respects, unitedly proclaim that nothing lives in this world but Truth.
~ Mohandas Gandhi ~