The UIW community celebrates peace and justice during the month of October.
Concepts of peace and justice are central in the Bible. From their very first days the founders of the university, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, have promoted the human dignity of all people.
The celebration of Peace Month began in 1986 when Incarnate Word began hosting annual Peace Fairs. The Peace Fairs provided educational content, and the first “peace pole” monument that marked the beginning of the new Master of Arts degree in Peace and Justice. This degree was based on the words of Pope Paul VI, “If you want peace, work for justice.”
The ideas and concepts of peace as the fruit of justice that began as a “Peace Fair ” in 1986, have expanded into many educational, prayerful, and celebrative events throughout the whole month of October with special emphasis on the last Wednesday of October near the anniversary of Dr. O'Halloran's death.
Dr. Bernard C. O'Halloran was an English Professor at the University of the Incarnate Word. He was murdered by a homeless man that he had invited into his home on October 30, 1992. The Incarnate Word community dedicated the fountain outside of the Administration Building in honor of Dr. O’Halloran and remembers him by working towards a less violent world through programs of justice and peace.
During the month of October, different events are held on the UIW campus to promote peace and justice. Peace Month takes a multivaried look at ways to promote peace and social justice in the world.
For more information, please visit the Peace Day site.