Thu, Apr 03, 2014: Refugees: Silent Witnesses to War

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Join us for a free public lecture at 7-9pm on Thursday April 3rd, 2014 in Room 179 (west end of the building on the ground floor) at University College, 15 King’s College Circle, Toronto, ON by:

Mary Jo Leddy, Founder of Romero House for refugees, Adjunct Professor of Theology at Regis College


Refugees: Silent Witnesses to War


Mary Jo Leddy is a Canadian writer, speaker, theologian and social activist. In 1975, Dr Leddy became founding editor of Catholic New Times, an independent national Canadian newspaper and alternative voice to the established church, that soon grew into an award-winning publication with a wide readership. She has published over 700 articles and is the author of the books “Say to the Darkness We Beg to Differ” (Lester and Orpen Denys, finalist City of Toronto Book Award), Reweaving Religious Life: Beyond the Liberal Model (Twenty Third Publications, 1990), At the Border Called Hope: Where Refugees are Neighbours (HarperCollins, 1997 and finalist for the Trillium Award, Radical Gratitude (Orbis Books, 2002), “Our Friendly Local Terrorist” (Between the Lines 2010) and “The Other Face of God: When the Stranger Calls Us Home” (Orbis 2011).

Dr Leddy received the Human Relations Award of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews (1987), the Ontario Citizenship Award (1993), and the Order of Canada (1996). She has received several honorary doctorates

Mary Jo Leddy is a tireless advocate for people who have fled brutal dictatorships, war and persecution in their home countries. She is the founder of Romero House, a Toronto-based community home for refugees. When not devoting her energies to working and advocating for refugees, she is also a sessional lecturer in the University of Toronto’s Theology Department.

About this lecture series
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Co-Sponsored by University College Health Studies Programme, Canadian Pugwash Group, Science for Peace and Voice of Women for Peace.

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