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Father Patrick Devine

“Shalom should not be owned by any religious tradition, If we can bring about peace in the world, we can all find our path to God.”

“Shalom is a Hebrew word that means peace with justice and harmony,” says Father Patrick Devine, a priest who seeks to resolve conflict in northern Kenya. He has taken on a daunting task, given the country’s history of poverty, ethnic diversity, and violent unrest. During 28 years as a missionary in Africa, Devine has often put himself in harm’s way so he could respond to the cry of the poor. His sense of mission took him to the poorest parts of Tanzania and Kenya, where he was in charge of a medical center, a 600-pupil secondary school, numerous AIDS education programs, and care of 1.5 million refugees who had crossed into Tanzania fleeing refuge from genocide. Besides addressing these basic needs, he has founded the Shalom Centre for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation, where he teaches warring ethnic factions about tolerance and mutual respect. “Shalom should not be owned by any religious tradition,” he says. “If we can bring about peace in the world, we can all find our path to God.”