Nonviolence Leadership Certificate Program

A Skill, Strategy, and Way of Life

At Peace with Ourselves for One Another

Franciscans long have been advocates of peace and nonviolence. St. Francis of Assisi lived in a turbulent age marked by fighting between nobles and merchants over money and power. As the son of a wealthy merchant and a woman of nobility, Francis was able to see both sides. He renounced his possessions, inheritance and military career to take up the plight of Italian “minores” – the powerless and destitute. His example is one we are called to continue everyday. In the words of Thomas à Kempis: “First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.”


Season for Nonviolence

Nonviolence is a philosophy, a strategy and a choice. The Season for Nonviolence is an international grassroots campaign to demonstrate that peace is a powerful way to heal, improve our lives and empower our communities.

In solidarity with the International Season for Nonviolence and the tradition of St. Francis, the Franciscan Renewal Center observes 64 days of peace each year (Jan. 30 – April 4). Throughout the entire year, special events, programs and prayer are offered for greater peace in the world. You can attend these programs individually or as part of our Nonviolence Leadership Certificate program. For more information, click on the certificate program link below.

The Franciscan Renewal Center offers peace and nonviolence events and activities and many other programs for the local community, as well as for visitors in search of peace. Find these events and more in our Event Registration Portal.

Inquire with Bonnie Wasniewski at 480.948.7460, ext. 155 or bonnie(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)

Volunteer with this ministry:

Season for Nonviolence Team Volunteer


Peace Committee & World Day of Peace

dove“Make Peace Personal” and “Be the Change You Want To See in the World” are the mottos of this ministry. The Peace Committee plans, promotes and executes events for the annual World Day of Peace on Sept. 21. Team members benefit by meeting like-minded people and participate in stimulating discussions. Responsibilities and activities include distributing event materials and promoting events of the day. Time commitments include: attending monthly meetings usually on Sunday mornings, organizing segments of the Peace Day event, implementing day-of activities and reviewing the overall event. Volunteers should have the ability to interact with people attending event; have knowledge of the World Day of Peace; possess an interest and desire to promote Peace Day. On-the-job training and orientation is provided during monthly meetings, leading up to the event.

Learn more about the history of the World Day of Peace

Inquire with Bonnie Wasniewski at 480.948.7460, ext. 155 or bonnie(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)

Volunteer with this ministry:

Peace Committee


Peace Award

John-Zemblidge-receiving-2013-Peace-AwardEach year, the Franciscan Renewal Center recognizes up to two citizens who are dedicated to promoting societal peace and nonviolence in significant ways.

Nominations are being accepted for 2018 Peace Award. Click here to make a nomination.


Santino & Socorro Bernasconi

Sr. Adele O’Sullivan, CSJ, MD and Jim Flickinger, OSF

Fr. John Hardin, OFM

Fr. Eddie Fronske, OFM
Ruth Zemek

Br. David Buer, OFM
John Zemblidge

Anne Symens-Bucher

Dr. Bernard LaFayette
Fr. Louis Vitale, OFM


Pax Christi

pope-francis-and-doveThe international Pax Christi organization – literally meaning “Peace of Christ” – awakens Christians to become more conscientious of peace and nonviolence. Participants meet monthly for self-discovery programs that are accomplished through peaceful choices, prayer, study and action.

To inquire about meetings, contact Bonnie Wasniewski at 480.948.7460, ext. 155 or bonnie(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)


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