Richard T. McSorley, S.J., demonstrates for nonviolence on the steps of Healy Hall at Georgetown University
Richard T. McSorley, S.J. (1914-2002) began teaching philosophy and theology at Georgetown in 1961. He was active in the peace movement, in working to end racial segregation, and in establishing Catholic Worker communities. Director of the Center for Peace Studies at Georgetown until his death, he authored several books and hundreds of columns and articles on peace and social justice. In his 1996 autobiography, My path to peace and justice, he wrote: "We were created to praise, love and serve God and our neighbors, and in this way to save our souls." In a letter of condolence read at Fr. McSorley's wake, former president and Georgetown graduate Bill Clinton recalled a 1969 trip to Europe where he and Fr. McSorley prayed for peace together in London and visited a peace center in Oslo. President Clinton wrote: "Fr. McSorley was a man of great character who always stood by his abiding commitment to promoting and expanding his belief in the cause of peace, fearless in the face of harshest criticism, unwavering in his search for moral reason while inspiring many to do the same."Repository: Booth Family Center for Special Collections. For more information about this collection please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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