present 2006 Catherine of Siena Award
Dominican Associate Carol Blackburn
with Janice Vanderhaar (right)
BARDSTOWN, KY - may 29, 2006 -- The Dominican Sisters
of St. Catharine, Kentucky, presented the 2006 Catharine of Siena
Award to Janice S. Vanderhaar of Memphis, TN on
Saturday, April 29 at 2:00 P.M. at the St. Catharine Motherhouse.
The Catherine of Siena award is given to persons of prophetic vision
who selflessly and with deep compassion give of themselves without
the thought of the promotion of their own self-image. These persons
deal with ecclesial issues honestly and courageously, empower the
poor and marginalized, and are radically concerned with the ongoing
quest for peace and justice.
Janice S. Vanderhaar brings the spirit of Catherine of Siena to
our world today. She has been involved with Peace and Justice work
since the 1970’s. She is an active member of the International
Catholic Peace Movement Pax Christi, and has served on its U.S.
National Council and coordinated its Memphis Chapter. She was a
founding member of and serves on the board of the M.K. Gandhi Institute
for Nonviolence and the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center.
She as authored and co-authored multiple publications over the years,
including the booklet, “Philippines: Agony and Hope,”
the Advent booklet “The Word Becomes Human So That We Might
Become Fully Alive,” and editorials for various newspapers.
She participated in many peace demonstrations in places such as
the School of the Americas, the Strategic Air Command Base, and
the Nevada Test Site. In all of these places she was arrested for
her commitment to peace and non-violence.
Professionally, Janice served as a social worker with the Metropolitan
Inter-Faith Association in Memphis, and remains active in various
Janice, along with her husband, Gerard, has spent her life working
tirelessly to promote Peace and Justice. Currently, she is organizing
the Gerard A. Vanderhaar Symposium at Christian Brothers University;
an annual event which she hopes will carry on her husband’s
legacy of active non-violence.
The Dominicans of St. Catharine, Kentucky are proud and pleased
to recognize Janice’s unique and constant efforts to bring
peace and justice to our desperately needy world.
Ashley Smith, Community Relations Coordinator