MNEWS: Fahey, Joseph {MCfaculty] encouraged Liteky’s memoir


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Maryknoll: Theologian Joseph Fahey Discusses Pilgrimmage To Peace
The fascinating and challenging story about Charles Liteky Told At Maryknoll Society Center April 15.
By Mike Virgintino, Patch Contributor | Mar 6, 2018 10:00 am ET | Updated Mar 6, 2018 11:00 am ET

Father Charles J. Liteky served as a chaplain in the U.S. Army and received the Congressional Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War. On July 29, 1986, he placed the medal at the base of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., as he took the next step in his personal pilgrimage from a Roman Catholic priest, military chaplain and Vietnam hawk to a civilian warrior for peace.

Dr. Joseph Fahey will speak about Charles Liteky’s Pilgrimage to Peace and the publishing of Mr. Liteky’s memoir, Renunciation, on Sunday, April 15, at 2:30 p.m. as part of this year’s edition of the Maryknoll Speakers Series. Presented by the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers at the Maryknoll Society Center (55 Ryder Road in Ossining), the series is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested and can be made by email (, or by calling 914-941-7636 extension 2445. Click here for additional information about the Maryknoll Speakers Series and directions.

Liteky’s Memoir

A former Maryknoll seminarian who recently retired after more than 50 years as a professor of religious studies at Manhattan College, Dr. Fahey befriended Charles Liteky during the Vietnam War years. The professor invited the chaplain to speak before his college class, and Father Liteky arrived on campus in his military uniform to meet students to exchange ideas and answer questions about the war and the role of a Catholic chaplain in the military.

Mr. Liteky eventually wrote but never published his memoir about his path to peace. Dr. Fahey encouraged him to publish the story and the process began as Mr. Liteky was in failing health. Upon Mr. Liteky’s death during January 2017, Dr. Fahey followed through on his personal promise to ensure the publication of the memoir. In Renunciation, Mr. Liteky discusses his journey to a life as a peace activist who was jailed for his convictions. Dr. Fahey, in his presentation, relates the fascinating and challenging story about a man of his times who had the courage to change and to embrace the Gospel of Peace.

Founder Of Peace Studies Program

Dr. Fahey founded Manhattan College’s labor studies undergraduate program and co-founded its peace studies undergraduate program. He also has taught at Fordham University, Vassar College and The Maryknoll School of Theology. Dr. Fahey co-founded Catholic Scholars for Worker Justice and Pax Christi USA. He served the United Nations as a Non-Governmental Organization representative for the University Center for Peace Research (Vienna) and he served on the Advisory Council on Justice and Peace of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities.

Dr. Fahey is the author of several books about war, justice, non-violence and Christian justice, including War and the Christian Conscience: Where Do You Stand? published by Orbis Books, the publishing unit of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers.

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