Fr. William Headley, C.S.Sp.’s article, “An Oasis of Peace,” was recently published in Kroc Peace Magazine, an annual publication for the University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, where he is a professor.
Fr. Headley, who also directs “Bridging Communities,” an interreligious peacebuilding certificate program at the university this fall, has a broad background in justice, peace, and international aid. His article examines various perspectives of the meaning of peace, as well as how the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies can continue being an effective instrument of peace.
Following is an excerpt from Fr. Headley’s article, “An Oasis of Peace.”
“On 17 October 2007, I gave the inaugural talk as the founding dean of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies. Ten years later, it is illuminating to look back and recall our aspirations for the new school and our vision for peace in that inaugural address — albeit in an abridged format. Remembering the saying, ‘Violence is known; peace is a mystery,’ I started my talk by asking: WHAT IS PEACE?”