A downtown park has been formally dedicated to peace and the memory of the late Bishop Michael Kenny.
Bishop Kenny served the Catholic Diocese of Juneau, which covers Southeast Alaska, from 1979 to 1995. He was known for his international work for peace, non-violence and human rights.
Juneau Veterans for Peace led the effort to name the city park at Third and Seward streets after Kenny.
The tribute was fittingly held Friday (Sept. 21) on International Peace Day.
During the dedication, the Most Rev. Edward Burns, Bishop of the Diocese, read from Bishop Kenny’s writings about peace. In 1981, Kenny wrote: “It’s time to make peace, not wish for peace, or call for peace, but act for peace.” Kenny was known as an advocate for nuclear disarmament, and sometimes called “No Nukes of the North.”
Click below for sounds of the event, beginning with the Most Rev. Edward Burns, current bishop of the Dioceses of Juneau; followed by Phil Smith, of Juneau Veterans for Peace; CBJ Director of Parks and Recreation Brent Fischer; Mayor Bruce Botelho, and the Alaska Youth Choir.
Bishop Kenny died suddenly of an aneurism while traveling in the Holy Land in 1995.
Juneau Veterans for Peace must now raise funds to fabricate and install in the park a sculpture called Growing Peace, by Juneau artist Jim Fowler.
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