Welcome to The Peace Abbey Foundation website!

The mission of the Peace Abbey Foundation is to create and install public works of art that promote peace and nonviolence; and to administer and care for Abbey Interfaith Peace Chaplaincy, The Pacifist Memorial, The Animal Rights Memorial, Cremation Cemetery for Conscientious Objectors and the National Registry for Conscientious Objection. Throughout the year, the Foundation presents the Int’l Courage of Conscience Award at conferences and peace ceremonies and extends the impact of the Peace Seeds interfaith prayers for peace through their dissemination worldwide.

Interfaith peacemaking

Interfaith peacemaking

The Foundation supports grassroots efforts to link the many dimensions of the peace movement with a committed emphasis on human rights and animal rights. Central to our universalist approach is the premise that nonviolence is the most effective and long-term strategy in addressing the multitude of challenges that now threaten our increasingly imperiled planet.

Interfaith peacemaking

Interfaith peacemaking


  • To Educate: We conduct and sponsor programs and projects that promote a deeper understanding of the importance of service as a way of life. We exemplify this commitment to altruism through our decades-long affiliation with The Life Experience School for young adults with disabilities.
  • To link: We conduct and sponsor public events that promote understanding and mutual respect between people of different faith traditions and non-believers. We celebrate examples of artistic expression that elevate the ideals of compassion, cooperation, fairness and peace.
  • To Beautify: We commission and install works of art that express the sacredness of life and the power of pacifism and nonviolence. Accordingly, we support efforts that employ the arts in fostering social justice and peace.
  • To Participate: We conduct and support programs and projects that further an understanding of the many applications of Gandhian nonviolence and civil disobedience. Accordingly, we initiate, support and participate in peace and justice demonstrations and protests.

metrowestdailynews_logoWritten by Maureen Sullivan   SHERBORN — Those who drive by the former Peace Abbey near Sherborn Center may see the statues of Gandhi and Emily the Cow, the walls that commemorate the peacemakers of the world, and the construction behind that sometimes unsettles the peace.

On Friday, a special ceremony at Peace Memorial Park honored a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War. His name was added to the stone marker inscribed with other COs, whose cremated remains are buried nearby.   The difference? Vince Trankina is still alive.

Trankina, an actor, musician, producer, an industry analyst for the online magazine Digital Journal Online and president of an independent development company, “Artsy Guys Productions,” performed two years of alternate civilian service during the Vietnam era. He worked with the handicapped at Goodwill Industries, and helped fight forest fires alongside felons from San Quentin and Folsom prisons in the California Ecology Corps.

“This is very gratifying of my time as a conscientious objector, resisting the draft and war, and doing alternate service,” said Trankina. “This is a home for my spirit and my remains; to share with those are here, it’s extremely gratifying.”

“I discovered the work of Lewis Randa, and I was impressed with his work over the years,” he said.   He contacted Randa, who arranged to have Trankina’s name inscribed on the stone and to have Trankina’s cremated remains brought here when the time comes.  Read more.

Jean Vanier   We are delighted to announce that Jean Vanier will be receiving the 2016 Courage of Conscience Award this fall in a private ceremony with members of his community in the first L’Arche home in Trosly-Breuil, France.   Jean has been an inspiration to people throughout the world that have dedicated themselves to the service of individuals whose disabilities require not only special programs but more importantly understanding, acceptance, and love.  His example of loving service has blessed the lives of thousands.

Jean Vanier’s writings greatly influenced Lewis Randa who later went on to establish the Life Experience School in Sherborn, MA.