New Rochelle, NY (October 16, 2015) Iona College professors were recently honored by the Coalition for Mutual Respect, for their leadership in the religious and interfaith community. Elena-Procario Foley, Ph.D., associate professor of religious studies, chair, Department of Religious Studies and Brother John G. Driscoll Professor of Jewish-Catholic Studies, and Carl Procario Foley, Ph.D., director of the Office of Mission and Ministry, were the recipients of the Yitzhak Rabin Peacemaker Award. The presentation ceremony was held in New Rochelle’s City Hall Chambers before a large crowd of attendees from both Iona College and the New Rochelle community.
“It is humbling to receive an award in honor of the late Nobel Peace Prize winner, Yitzhak Rabin. Rabin's story demonstrates that courageous conversion from suspicion and mistrust to bold action for peace is possible,” said Drs. Procario-Foley. “Iona has a firm commitment to educating for peace and justice and I am grateful to the college for affording me the chance to contribute in some small way toward reconciliation and understanding in the world.”
About Coalition for Mutual Respect:
The mission of the Coalition for Mutual Respect is to improve human relations and understanding, while instilling respect for the different ethnicities and faiths of the richly cultured populations of New Rochelle and Westchester County. The diversity of the populace in New Rochelle has always been a source of pride and strength to our community. The Coalition encourages people of different backgrounds to maintain their individuality, to learn from one another, and to create a community stronger than any of its components. Annual events are the Interfaith Seder, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dinner and service, and the Yitzhak Rabin Peacemaker Award presentation.
About Iona College:
Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. It is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona College is the second largest private sector employer in New Rochelle.
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