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Path to Peace at the United Nations
College of Mount Saint Vincent students Elizabeth Athenas ’09 and Maricon Fernandez ’09 were awarded scholarships to be among 50 college students who participated in this summer’s third annual Path to Peace Foundation seminar on Catholic social thought for Catholic college students.  This year’s symposium was entitled Catholic College Students and the Common Good: Building a World of Hope and a Community of Peace.  Students met with UN personnel, religious leaders and other college students from around the United States and Canada to discuss ways the world can become a better place. 

From May 18 to 23, students from across the country resided at the Passionist Spiritual Center in the Bronx. During the week, they traveled throughout New York City meeting with world leaders including the Prince of Jordan, the Chief Justice of the Philippines and the Ambassador of Haiti.  The seminar was led by His Excellency Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Permanent Observer, Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations. 

Each morning they attended mass at a different church followed by tours to landmarks including Ground Zero Memorial, St. Peter’s Church where Elizabeth Ann Seton was baptized, and St. Vincent’s Hospital where they learned more about the history of the Sisters of Charity. “The mission was not about how to bring the Catholic religion to everyone,” said Athenas, on her experience, “it was more about morals and building a civilization of love.”  

The conference followed in the footsteps of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the United States in April, 2008 and gave college students a platform to engage international leaders and members of the UN to promote a message of hope.  

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