Marie has visited El Salvador multiple many times, both during and after the war, particular during her years with Maryknoll and the Center for New Creation. She was deeply influenced by the witness and spirituality of the Salvadoran people.  More recently she has traveled to El Salvador with several of her grandchildren to introduce them to the country and people she so admires.

Marie was named Person of the Year by the National Catholic Reporter in 2016. She holds a master’s degree in moral theology from Washington Theological Union and honorary doctorates from Trinity Washington University and Alvernia University.

She serves on the Vatican’s COVID 19 Commission and the steering committee of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network. She has previously served on the national boards of CRISPAZ, the Religious Task Force on Central America and Mexico, the Washington Office on Latin America, the Latin America Working Group, Just Faith Ministries, the Alliance for Peacebuilding, Sojourners magazine and other organizations.

She is a laywoman a secular Franciscan, a mother of six and a grandmother of nine. She strives to live simply while working for social transformation. Before moving to Assisi Community, where she continues to live, Marie and her family lived and worked on a 65- acre organic farm in Virginia.

About the Award

Our annual peace award will henceforth be known as the Peter Hinde CRISPAZ Peace Award, in honor of our co-founder, Fr. Peter Joseph Hinde O. Carm. (1923-2020) and his lifelong commitment to peace and justice for the marginalized.

Inspired by the testimony of the martyrs of El Salvador, the CRISPAZ Peace Award was established in 2009 to recognize individuals or organizations that embody the preferential option for the poor in their work for the promotion of peace and social justice.

CRISPAZ has for more than three decades enabled thousands of individuals, many from North America, to accompany the Salvadoran people in their ongoing struggle for peace rooted in justice and compassion.

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        Previous Award Recipients
        • 2020 Sr. Betty Campbell R.S.M and Fr. Peter Hinde O.Carm. (1923 -2020) Long-time peace activist.
        • 2019 Jean Stokan and Scott Wright. Long-time peace activist.
        • 2018 Fr. Jon Sobrino S.J. renowned Liberation Theologian and Professor since 1964 at The University of Central American in San Salvador.
        • 2017 Fr. Paul Schindler Long-time missionary with Cleveland Mission Society in El Salvador
        • 2016 Fr. Tom Smolich S.J. International Director of Jesuit Refugee Services
        • 2015 Hospitalito The Carmelite sisters at the Divine Providence Chapel
        • 2014 Asociacion ProBusqueda. Organization that investigates cases of the forced disappearances of children during El Salvador’s civil war.
        • 2013 COFAMIDE The Salvadoran Committee of Relatives of Killed or Disappeared Migrants
        • 2012 CoMadres Committee of Mothers and Relatives of Prisoners, the Disappeared and the Politically Assassinated of El Salvador
        • 2011 Fr. Dean Brackley, S.J. theology professor at the UCA, and pastoral minister to the rural community of Jayaque, La Libertad
        • 2010 Sr. Peggy O’Neill director of the Art Center for Peace in Suchitoto
        • 2009 Centro Monseñor Romero at the University of Central America (UCA)

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        🇺🇸USA Office:
        808 Brookhill Road
        Louisville, Kentucky 40223
        (502) 592-5295

        🇸🇻 El Salvador Office:
        Apdo. Postal 2944
        Centro de Gobierno
        San Salvador
        (503) 2225 9031

        CRISPAZ is a faith-based organization dedicated to building bridges of solidarity between the Church of the Poor and marginalized communities in El Salvador and communities in the US, Canada, Australia, and other countries through mutual accompaniment.

        CRISPAZ was founded in 1984 and is a lay-led 501(c)(3) organization.