On Monday, June 4, 2018, Ardeth Platte, OP and Carol Gilbert, OP accepted an award on behalf of peacemakers around the world. Mary T. Yelenick from the Pax Christi International UN-NGO Delegation presented the award.
The message on the award read: Pax Christi Metro New York Gratefully presents the Sister Christine Mulready Peacemaker Award For 2018 to Carol Gilbert and Ardeth Platte OP
Carol and Ardeth, your life-long commitment to peace is grounded in the love that both Thea Bowman and Dorothy Day proclaim. From the classroom to the public square, from government facilities to military bases, from places of worship to diplomatic centers, you have allowed love to conquer fear. Like Thea, you embrace a simple life that is open to people and filled with laughter and music. Like Dorothy, you know the link between poverty and militarism and you stand up and speak out against both.
Thank you for your great courage to live, love, and laugh, to believe that peace is possible, and to help to bring it into being. We are privileged to honor you.
Sisters Ardeth and Carol have spent much of their lifetime preaching and teaching peace and the need to eliminate nuclear weapons worldwide. Their message is based upon the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids Corporate Stance on Nuclear Disarmament:
The Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids call upon the United States government to lead the way for the global abolition of nuclear and all weapons of mass destruction by adopting a plan to lock down, dismantle, reduce, and eliminate nuclear and all weapons of mass destruction.
- We call for immediate development, adoption and implementation of a plan that will ensure that there will be no new nuclear weapons, no new materials for nuclear weapons, and no testing of nuclear weapons.
- We will work with all people of goodwill until there is no chance that a nuclear weapon or other weapon of mass destruction can come into the hands of anyone wishing to do harm.
You can read more about Catholic Sisters and other peace activists who have worked decades to end the nuclear threat and helped bring about the July 7, 2017 agreement by 122 countries at the United Nations to outlaw nuclear weapons by searching “nuclear” on our blog.