Peace advocate Ken Butigan to present workshop on nonviolent change at Saint Martin’s University

March 31, 2014

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LACEY, Wash. — The Benedictine Institute will welcome back recognized peace advocate, author and educator Ken Butigan, Ph.D., HS’72, to present a day-long workshop on nonviolent, transformative change Saturday, April 5, in Cebula Hall at Saint Martin’s University, 5000 Abbey Way SE.

Butigan’s presentation,“Blessed Are the Peacemakers: Activating the Power of Nonviolent Change to Transform Our Lives and Our World,” will take place 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The workshop is free and open to the public; those planning to attend are asked to register for the event online.

Rooted in the spirituality and practice of Jesus, Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., the workshop will provide a venue to explore:

  • The power of nonviolent options
  • Concrete tools for transforming conflict and violence
  • Practices for living more peaceful, just and meaningful lives
  • Ways that the vision, principles and methods of creative nonviolence can become an integral dimension of our lives, our society, our religious communities and Saint Martin’s University

Butigan, who once directed the Spiritual Life Institute at Saint Martin’s, is the executive director of Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service, a non-profit organization founded in 1989 by the Franciscan Friars of California.

“Pace e Bene” (meaning “peace and all good”) is a phrase St. Francis of Assisi used as a greeting in his time. In this spirit, Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service’s mission is to foster peace, justice and dignity for all by building the capacity of individuals, religious communities, organizations and social movements to cultivate nonviolent change through nonviolence education, resources and action. Pace e Bene’s unique approach has been transforming lives around the globe. Since its founding, more than 30,000 people have participated in Pace e Bene workshops to develop skills and tools for strengthening relationships and society.

Butigan previously visited Saint Martin’s as the spring 2014 distinguished speaker for the second Benedictine Institute Lecture. This new lecture series provides a forum for the discussion of faith-related issues.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 300 more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at

For additional information:

Father Marion Nguyen, O.S.B.
Assistant director, Benedictine Institute

Meg Nugent Dwyer
Media relations manager