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Published on Jun 27, 2012
Friar Louis John Vitale, O.F.M., a Franciscan priest and peace activist who has lived and served in the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Ministry.
For more than 10 years Friar Vitale served as pastor of a Catholic church in San Francisco, opening its doors to the homeless in the Tenderloin neighborhood, a practice that continues today. He holds a Doctorate in Sociology from UCLA, with an emphasis on social movements, and has taught classes at colleges and universities throughout the western states.
Friar Vitale has traveled extensively speaking on the moral dimensions of torture and the importance of nonviolence and peacemaking. Friar Vitale co-founded the Nevada Desert Experience, a movement committed to ending nuclear testing, and Pace e Bene, which transforms lives through education, resources, and nonviolent action for social change. For nearly 40 years he has been engaged in efforts to eliminate war and the use of nuclear weapons, torture, and drones.