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Darien teen awarded peacemaker award

David L. Maloof II, resident of Darien and a member of the Fairfield College Preparatory School Class of 2013, has been awarded the Eileen Egan Peacemaker Award from Pax Christi New York for his work in helping to create a basketball facility at a Palestinian Christian refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon

Maloof worked for several years to create a basketball court and add a ping-pong table to the refugee camp whose previous ecreational facilities for teens consisted only of a dirt soccer field. He returned to the camp this past summer to run a basketball clinic for the children at the camp. Maloof also coaches wrestling for inner-city Stamford children.

Pax Christi (Latin for “the peace of Christ”) is the global Catholic peace movement, with branches in more than fifty countries.

“By bringing people together in a positive and constructive way, whether in northern Beirut or inner-city Stamford, you build bridges across borders that are at the heart of peacemaking,” said Rosemarie Pace, director of Pax Christi Metro New York, in a letter offering the award.

The Eileen Egan Peacemaker Award is presented to a person or organization whose peacemaking efforts have reached people through teaching peace, making peace, and being peace, as inspired by faith.

It is named after Eileen Egan, a co-ounder of Pax-Christi USA. Eileen was a journalist whose 40 years of work for Catholic Relief Services took her around the world and exposed her to many forms of violence in war and poverty, hunger and disease. Eileen’s influence extended to the United Nations, as well, where she saw to it that the right to conscientious objection was added to their statuses. Eileen received PCMNY’s Peacemaker Award in 1992. Eileen traveled widely with Dorothy Day, worked with Mother Teresa and marched with Martin Luther King,

Pax Christi Peacemaker Awards are extremely prestigious. Nationally-renowned prior winners of Pax Christi Peacemaker Awards have included: the actor Martin Sheen, the late anti-war activist priest Father Daniel Berrigan, the celebrated Jesuit priest author and peace activist, John Dear (who has also been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize), Sister Helen Prejean, perhaps America’s leading advocate for the abolition of the death penalty.

Maloof, along with the other winners, will be presented with their awards at a formal ceremony in the spring.

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