New North American Co-Promoter of Justice
January 8, 2007-- Chuck Dahm, OP (St. Albert) has recently been named the new
North American Co-Promoter of Justice, Peace and Care of Creation. In making
the announcement, Dusty Farnan, OP (Adrian) Co-Promoter of Justice and Philippe
LeBlanc, OP (Canada) outgoing Co-Promoter said, "We are delighted to welcome
him and we are grateful that Chuck accepted to serve in this capacity."
Chuck is presently on a sabbatical and he will begin his ministry as co-promoter
after Easter; information will be provided to him via email and phone calls,
He replaces Philippe LeBlanc, OP (Canada) who has served two terms and who
will continue his role as permanent delegate to the Human Rights Council, United
Chuck has been involved in justice work for a number of years.
He served as the Central US Promoter for Justice in the1990s in
collaboration with Gene Poore, OP (Oxford) . He was also involved
with the 8th Day Centre for Justice in Chicago and was founder
of the Illinois Corporate Responsibility group. As pastor of St.
Pius Parish in Chicago, he was very involved in working with the
Hispanic Community. In this respect, he published a book on his
experience entitled: Parish Ministry in a Hispanic Community;
2002 (Paulist Press, New York).
"We know that all welcome Chuck and look forward to learning
from him and working with him on behalf of Justice," added
Dusty and Philippe.
A word of thanks
Philippe LeBlanc, OP (Canada) has faithfully
served as the North American Co-Promoter for Justice, Peace and Care of
Creation longer than the usual two three-year terms of the office. Even
though he concluded his service to the Order in this way, Philippe
will continue to serve as the permanent delegate to the United Nations
Human Rights Council, Geneva.
Philippe has been a champion for justice and peace and a voice of clarity and
compassion. He has served on the Iraq Coordinating Committee and has been to
numerous meetings, strategy sessions, conferences and conference calls for the
sake of human rights.
Eileen Gannon, OP (NGO Representative to the United Nations//New
York said, "Philippe is faithful, good, clear and committed
to justice and
commitment. We all owe Philippe a great deal of gratitude."