Emmanuel Charles McCarthy
Rev. Emmanuel Charles McCarthy is a priest of the Eastern Rite (Byzantine-Melkite) of the Catholic Church in communion with the Bishop of Rome, the Pope. He has been a Catholic priest since he was ordained on August 9, 1981, in Damascus, Syria. He has served as Spiritual Director and Rector of St. Gregory the Theologian Byzantine-Melkite Catholic Seminary and is now a Retreat Director.
He was a lawyer and a university educator, before becoming the founder and the original director of the Program for the Study and Practice of Nonviolent Conflict Resolution at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. He is also co-founder, along with Dorothy Day, Gordon Zahn and others of Pax Christi-USA. He has directed retreats and spoken throughout the world on the issue of the relationship of faith and violence, and the Nonviolent Jesus and His Way of Nonviolent Love of friends and enemies.
In 1983 he began The Annual Forty Day Fast for the Truth of Gospel Nonviolence, (July 1 to August 9), whose purpose is to pray to the Father in the name of Jesus to bestow on the Churches of Christianity whatever extraordinary graces are needed so that they, individually and collectively, will turn from justifying violence and enmity in the name of Jesus and begin to teach about violence and enmity what Jesus taught about violence and enmity. This yearly time of prayer and fasting continues uninterrupted to this very year with people from across the planet having participated in it over the decades.
In 1990 he initiated the July 16 Twenty-Four Hours Day of Prayer for Forgiveness and Protection with Our Lady of Mount Carmel at Trinity Site in the New Mexico desert. July 16 is the feast day of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, as well as, the day in 1945 when the first atomic bomb was detonated at Trinity Site. This yearly time of prayer also continues uninterrupted to this very year.
He was the keynote speaker at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, for the 25th anniversary memorial of the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. at that spot.
He has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and is author of several books.
He has written innumerable popular articles and theological essays on the subject of violence, religion and the nonviolent love of friends and enemies that the Jesus of the Gospels teaches by His words and by His deeds.
His CD/DVD series, Behonld the Lamb, is a presentation on the matter of the Nonviolent Jesus of the Gospels and His Way of Nonviolent Love of friends and enemies available in those formats. He may be reached and his work may be accessed at the Center for Christian Nonviolence.