International Board

Co-Presidency

Bishop Kevin Dowling (South Africa)
Marie Dennis (USA)

 

Members

Ann Farr (United Kingdom)
Antal Balog (Croatia)
Carmen Artigas (Uruguay)
Cristiana Calabrese (Italy)
Sr. Filo Hirota (Japan)
Fr. Jan Peters (The Netherlands) – Treasurer
Mustafa Y. Ali (Kenya)
Fr. Neles Tebay (West Papua)
Rania Murra (Palestine)
Wiltrud Rösch-Metzler (Germany)

 

Bishop Kevin Dowling (South Africa)

Kevin-Dowling-2Bishop Kevin Dowling was elected to the Pax Christi International board in 2004 and became Co-President in 2010, bringing with him a wealth of experience in working for human rights and social justice. He has been Chairman of the International Sudan Ecumenical Forum through which he engaged in the Sudan Peace Process. As a trustee of the Ecumenical Solidarity Peace Trust, he is involved in research of human rights abuses in Zimbabwe. 

Bishop Dowling‘s authentic commitment to the most marginalized people in his own diocese of Rustenberg and to peace in violence-torn countries from South Sudan to Zimbabwe, from Croatia to El Salvador, is a constant reminder of who we are as a movement and the profound nature of the just and sustainable peace we seek.  He was re-elected in 2013 as co-president.   

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Marie Dennis (United States of America)

1Marie Dennis is co-president of Pax Christi International, the global Catholic peace movement, since 2007, a position she shares with Bishop Kevin Dowling from South Africa.  Until recently, Marie was director of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, charged with bringing the global experience of Maryknoll missioners into the process of shaping public opinion in the United States and policies of the U.S. and other governments, the United Nations and international financial institutions. She worked for Maryknoll from 1989 to 2012. Marie is a laywoman and a mother of six.  She holds a masters degree in moral theology from Washington Theological Union and honorary doctorates from Trinity Washington University and Alvernia University.

She is author or co-author of seven books. Marie now serves on the national board of JustFaith Ministries; the steering committee of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network; and as a contributing editor to Sojourners magazine. She has previously served on the White House Task Force on Global Poverty and Development; the advisory committee of Orbis Books; and the boards of the Washington Office on Latin America, the Latin America Working Group, the International Resource Center, the Washington Office on Africa and the Jubilee USA Network. Marie is a Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace. She has been serving in board of Pax Christi International since 1999. Since 2007 he has been Co-President of the movement. In June 2013 she was re-elected for a second Co-President mandate.

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Ann Farr (United Kingdom)

10Ann Farr studied scripture and theology and taught Religious Education, Human Rights and English before specialising in Special Needs Education. Ann was an Executive member of the British section of Pax Christi and has worked ecumenically in justice, peace and development education, undertaking various projects to incorporate the work of Pax Christi with parishes and schools in a number of dioceses.   Ann is a member of the Chapel of Unity Commission at Coventry Cathedral and is involved in campaigning for justice for women, Fairtrade, welfare and housing rights and against nuclear weapons, the arms trade and the recruitment of young people into the military.

A scholarship to South Africa in 1988, led to solidarity, awareness raising and anti-apartheid work. More recently, Ann has focused on peace work relating to Palestine and Israel. She has made several visits to the region and served as an Ecumenical Accompanier with the WCC’s Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) in a small village, surrounded by illegal Israeli settlers. Since then she has led group visits to the region, been involved in advocacy in many parts of the UK and Ireland and lobbied in the UK and EU Parliaments.

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Antal Balog (Croatia)

7Antal Balog teaches at the Evangelical Theological Seminary from Osijek and at the Bussines College from Zaprešić, both in Croatia. He is professor of economics, theology, bussines ethics and economic sociology.

His Christian faith and his professional experience – gained through working in diverse areas such as education, public administration, the judicial system and economics, are used in his voluntary work at AGAPE, the international humanitarian relief organization of Evangelical churches in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. For several years he represented the Evangelical Church in the Republic of Croatia as a member of the Ecumenical Coordination Board of Churches in Croatia.

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Carmen Artigas (Uruguay)

9Mrs. Carmen Artigas has a law degree and an extensive background in the field of human rights as well as peace and security. Since 1981 she has been involved in many United Nations initiatives that enabled her to acquire extensive experience on justice and peace issues in Latin America.

She has used her valuable skills to shape the policy debate in in areas such as humanitarian assistance, human trafficking, social protection, etc. She is currently working as a Legal Officer for the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. Acting in her personal capacity, Carmen Artigas was elected onto the board of Pax Christi International in 2013. Her commitment to peace and justice will be a valuable asset to the Pax Christi International team.

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Cristiana Calabrese (Italy)

11Cristiana Calabrese has recently obtained her Master’s Degree in “South and West Asia: Languages, Cultures and Institutions”. She has a strong academic background in Islamic and Jewish studies as well as in political, religious and social issues relating to the past and present history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. After collecting a great number of written sources and oral evidences, she wrote her master’s thesis dealing with the often overlooked topic of the history of Israeli-Jewish religious peace movements. In September 2013, she was one of the presenters at the European Association of Israel Studies Annual Conference in London.

Since 2010, she has been an active staff member of Pax Christi Italy’s youth collective. In April 2013, she was elected as a member of Pax Christi Italy National Board. She is willing to bring the youth’s voice to Pax Christi International’s Board. 

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Sr. Filo Hirota (Japan)

6Filo Hirota is General coordinator of the Mercedarian Missionaries of Berriz and international relations officer for the Catholic Council for Justice and Peace of the Episcopal Conference of Japan. She is also a board member of the Women’s Fund for Peace and Human Rights, and participates in the inter-congregational Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation network in charge of the Peace Initiative ad-hoc working group.

At present she is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Union of Superiors General based in Rome, Italy. Because of her diligent commitment to human rights, she has been a valuable asset to the Pax Christi International Board since 2010. In June 2013 she was re-elected for a second mandate as a member of the Board. 

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Fr. Jan Peters (The Netherlands) -Treasurer

5Fr. Jan Peters s.j. is vice-president of Pax Christi Netherlands, president curator of the Netherlands Institute for the Middle East in Leiden and in Istanbul, as well as member of the Board of Trustees of the Islamic University in Rotterdam. Jan has also served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Amsterdam School of Catholic Theology.

He participates in committees for dialogue with Islam and dialogue with Eastern churches. For six years, he served as president of the International Federation of Catholic Universities. In 2010, he was elected to the Pax Christi International Board because of his extraordinary long term involvement with Pax Christi and his experience of and dedication to human rights. In June 2013 he was re-elected for a second mandate as Pax Christi International Treasurer. 

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Mustafa Y. Ali (Kenya)

Mustafa AliDr. Ali is the Secretary General of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) and Director, Arigatou International – Nairobi. He served as the Secretary General of the African Council of Religious Leaders and Africa Representative of Religions for Peace International from 2007 to 2013.

Dr. Ali has been working to build peaceful, just and harmonious societies and promoting peaceful coexistence between faiths and communities in Africa. Together with religious leaders and multi-lateral institutions including the African Union and the United Nations, governments and partners, Dr. Ali has been extensively involved in finding ways to peacefully and sustainably address some of the most intractable conflicts in the most challenging countries and locations in Africa.

Dr. Ali is a recipient of the 2012 Coexist International Peace Prize which was awarded to him in New York, USA, to honour his action-oriented work and leadership in interfaith relations and dialogue, as well as conflict transformation in Africa. He holds a PhD from the University of Portsmouth (United Kingdom); MA in Diplomacy and International Studies from the University of Nairobi (Kenya) and a BSc. in Information Sciences from Moi University (Kenya). He joined the Pax Christi International Board in 2010 and he was reelected in June 2013.

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Fr. Neles Tebay (West Papua)

UntitledFr. Neles Tebay is a lecturer and professor at the Fajar Timur School of Philosophy and Theology in Abepura, Paupua. He is actively involved in several peace initiatives. He is the coordinator of Papua Peace Network (PPN), a member of the Interfaith Forum for Religious Leaders, and a dedicated member of the Ecumenical Fellowship of Churches in Papua. For 10 years he has actively contributed to weekly journal publications in Jayapura, West Papua, as well as in Jakarta, Indonesia.

He has trained for various peacebuilding initiatives at the international level (United States, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Indonesia and Norway). He has been elected to be member of the Advisory Council at the National Commission on Human Rights in Indonesia from 2013 to 2017. Recently, he was elected to the Pax Christi International Board adding a spiritual and insightful dimension to the network.

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Rania Murra (Palestine)

RaniaRania Murra is the director of the Arab Educational Institute in Bethlehem, Palestine. She also coordinates the Women’s Center, where she promotes the empowerment of Palestinian women, Moslems and Christians, residents and refugees living close to the Wall and in the larger Bethlehem area. She has a degree in English language and literature with a minor in translation, and she has an extensive background of teaching English.

Nowadays, she is studying Gender and Development. In 2013, she was elected as a board member of Pax Christi International. She brings her valuable skills and experience in dialogue, communication and education.

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Wiltrud Rösch-Metzler (Germany)

WiltrudWiltrud Rösch-Metzler is the vice-president of Pax Christi Germany. Previously, she has served as chairperson of Pax Christi’s Middle East Commission for nine years. Her main interest is the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. With a background in political science and journalism, she is working as a freelance journalist focusing on issues such as fair trade, the North-South conflict, the Middle East, peace and social safety.

She is the editor of the material on the Ecumenical Peace Decade since 2001. Since 2010 she has contributed significantly to the growth of the peace movement as a member of the Pax Christi International Board. In June 2013 she was re-elected for a second mandate.

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