Forgiving Offenses Willingly—On the Ground in Eastern Africa: Creating Peace Amid Conflict & Religious Extremism

Fr. Patrick Devine, a missionary and social entrepreneur, gives this second talk in CWCIT's new Spiritual Works of Mercy Series on peace and reconciliation in Eastern Africa. This region of the world is increasingly plagued by religious ideological extremism, which generates a hostile cultural environment that suffocates tolerance, freedom, mercy, and reconciliation. To create and implement conflict management and peacemaking policies, it’s critical to have a comprehensive knowledge of the continuum of conflict/peace, tolerance/intolerance, and more. Fr. Devine explores these topics, drawing on the work of the Shalom Centre for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation, which he founded in Eastern Africa.

About the Speaker
Fr. Patrick Devine, SMA, PhD, is the founder and international chair of the Shalom Center for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation (SCCRR), an interreligious organization pioneering conflict resolution and development work in strife-ridden areas of Eastern Africa. For his work, he has received the 2013 International Caring Award, succeeding the Dalai Lama, and was also recently nominated for the Tipperary International Peace Award. Fr. Devine holds an MA in Peace Studies & International Relations (Hekima University College) and a PhD in Political Science & Public Administration (University of Nairobi).

About the Photo
Women in Eastern Africa who participated in an SCCRR peacebuilding workshop. Courtesy of SCCRR.

About the Spiritual Works of Mercy
Acts of compassion, the Spiritual Works of Mercy guide us to do as Jesus did and help our neighbors in their times of spiritual and emotional need. Though sometimes worded differently, the seven spiritual works of mercy are

  • Share the faith (often worded as "instruct the ignorant").
  • Counsel the doubtful.
  • Admonish the sinner.
  • Comfort the afflicted.
  • Forgive offenses willingly.
  • Bear wrongs patiently.
  • Pray for the living and the dead.
Learn more about the spiritual works of mercy here. For a guide to prayerful reflection on the spiritual works of mercy, visit the Archdiocese of Milwaukee's website. And explore the parallel 7 corporal works of mercy, which focus on responding to the basic physical needs of our human family.


Please contact CWCIT at or 773.325.4158.


Parking at DePaul
Street parking (both free & metered) is sometimes available on campus, but there are also 2 parking garages available for visitors**:

~ Sheffield Parking Garage (2331 N. Sheffield Ave.)
~ Clifton Parking Deck (2330 N. Clifton Ave.)

**For a discounted rate, please ask for validation at the event's information table. Discounted rates are as follows:

Entrance before 4:00pm = $9.25
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Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Student Center (Lincoln Park), 314A
2250 N Sheffield Ave

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