Remembering a peacemaker: Bishop Leroy T. Matthiesen

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Guest blog post by John Zokovitch

This past summer, Pax Christi USA honored one of its own, Bishop Leroy T. Matthiesen, as the 2009 recipient of the Teacher of Peace Award. Despite having just turned 88, Bishop Matt, as he encouraged us to call him, was full of wit and energy as he shared stories, reconnected with old friends, and most of all solidly challenged the church to declare nuclear deterrence as morally unjustified once and for all. The moment seemed to energize him.