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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.

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.


  • 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.

Courage of Conscience Award recipient, the late Dr. Maya Angelou reflects on “Being Human“, which features the award statue of the peace dove in outreached hands.  This is a beautiful reflection on stretching yourself like Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Dr. King and Malcolm X did.  Highly recommended viewing.



On Thursdays, students gather around the kitchen table – Harkness style! – to read and discuss the latest selection of the Book Club. Together the students created a list of literature favorites and each month they cast their vote to decide which tale they will dive into next. From R.L. Stein’s Goosebumps series to Scott O’Dell’s Island of the Blue Dolphins and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Book Club brings the group together to experience these powerful stories, broadening horizons and expanding perspectives as students read aloud the prose, and share their own unique insights. Punctuated with laughter and babbling from young Phil and baby Anna, when the book is opened and read together each week, as LES student Ian put it so well: “it feels like family.”


LIFE-SIZE STATUES OF MOTHER TERESA, the originally commissioned following her visit to The Life Experience School 1988, are available and are being shipped throughout the United States to churches, centers, and schools.  For more information contact: The Mother Teresa Project at

Unknown-4VISITATION:  Fr. Daniel Berrigan”I wish I had started a place like this. The students are not being trained to be soldiers or corporate rip-off artists. We could use a few more thousand places like this.”

Dan now 95 is currently living in the Fordham University Jesuit residence center in the Bronx.  Lewis visited him on October 7 and shared all that is happening at LES and the Peace Abbey and attended Mass at the private chapel there with dozens of other elder Jesuits.  “With a gentle squeeze of my hand, he conveyed his love to the Peace Abbey community”.  Hold Dan in the light.  Lewis