Maya Angelou: “God put the rainbow in the clouds so even in the dreariest of times we would know there is hope. And that is why The Peace Abbey is here.”

Mother Teresa: “My prayer is that The Life Experience School continues to prepare its children to become peacemakers in our troubled world – the true peace that comes from loving and caring and respecting the rights of everyone – my brother, my sister.”

Senator Edward Kennedy: “You are doing an outstanding job working together to help other people. You are certainly carrying on my brother’s (RFK) legacy and exemplify his ideals of community service.”

Rosa Parks: “I am very happy to know of the great work you are doing at The Life Experience School that young people might be able to feel themselves useful and helpful to people in need.”

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.”

Paula Brennen, Mainstay: “The Life Experience School is a microcosm of how the world was meant to be . . . devoid of all prejudice springing from difference in economic advantages, skin color, intellectual gifts, physical capabilities. Families, once hopeless, flourish in an atmosphere where the balance of nature remains intact despite all odds. Even a brief visit can change you forever.”

Lois Mirshy, US Committee, UNICEF: “I was touched both emotionally and intellectually by my visit. The sense of peace and well-being was palpable … you have fashioned an oasis for everyone who enters.”

Diana Chapman Walsh, President, Wellesley College: “We are two very different institutions, Wellesley is a college with a huge endowment and The Life Experience School is a little teeny place with enormous spirit. It seems like a wonderful combination.”

Fr. Francis Soucy, OFM: The Life Experience School has been closely associated with St. Francis of Assisi, because what the school is doing is very much what St. Francis was doing.”

Gina Rose Halpern, Peace Chaplain: “The Peace Abbey and Peace Chaplaincy are about loving how other people love God and supporting people to find ways to make peace within and around differences. Each religion, each person, each way of understanding is unique, and finding ways of having dialogue, having harmonious relationships between people, investigating differences, talking about them is key – rather than just looking at the differences, at the separations, and saying they can never come into line with one another.”

There is no place like The Peace Abbey.

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