Fr. John Dear, S.J.
is a Jesuit priest, peace activist,
"Pacem In Terris", DavenportDiocese.org, May 2010, webpage:
lecturer, and writer of approximately twenty books on [[nonviolence]], including ''Living Peace''.
In the course of his civil disobedience as protester of war and violence, he has been arrested more than 75 times. His longest period of incarceration lasted eight months, plus nine months of house arrest, following his participation in a Plowshares Movement disarmament action. As a result, Dear lost his United States voting rights, is prohibited from traveling to certain countries, and is subjected to increased scrutiny at airports.
In protest to UAV attacks in Pakistan, in an event sponsored by Nevada Desert Experience, Dear, Father Louie Vitale, Kathy Kelly, Stephen Kelly, SJ, and others were arrested outside Creech Air Force Base on Wednesday April 9, 2009 .
Father John Dear received the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award in September 2009 for his solidarity and leadership in nonviolent resistance, vegetarian life style and Gospel living. He was chosen for the 2010 Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award, a peace award granted annually in the U.S.