BISMARCK, ND — Stevie Kane explores peace and reconciliation in his native land of Northern Ireland at the 2nd annual Bloody Sunday Forum at the University of Mary.

Dr. Mike Taylor Associate Professor of Education at the University of Mary

Dr. Mike Taylor
Associate Professor of Education at the University of Mary

“As a campus community we are very excited to have a veteran of peace-building in a war torn area like Northern Ireland – that now enjoys a tenuous struggle to sustain relative peace since 1998,” said Dr. Mike Taylor, associate professor of education at the University of Mary. “As we face our own challenges in the United States and strive to support those on the margins – we are eager to learn from Kane’s work toward peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland.”

The event that is free and open to the public, is hosted and sponsored by the University of Mary Liffrig Family School of Education, Saint John Paul II University Ministry, Convocation Committee and Marauders Activities Committee (MAC), and part of a weeklong series of activities that is highlighted by a convocation Friday, February 3, at 10 a.m., in Butler Auditorium at the Gary Tharaldson School of Business. Kane will present “Three Passports: Identity in Northern Ireland,” his story and experiences that have led him from one side of the Alantic Ocean to the other—including experiences before and after the violent “troubles” in Northern Ireland.

Kane is originally from Belfast, ground zero for what was once called “the troubles,” prior to the signing of the Good Friday Peace Accords in 1998. He attended Christian Brothers primary and grammar schools, and graduated from Queens University Belfast with BSc in Zoology. His ministry includes Youth Initiatives, a cross-community, ecumenical youth group.

On Thursday, February 2, 8 p.m., in Butler Auditorium, Kane shares his peace-building ministry experiences as a cross-community worker in some of the more volatile areas of Northern Ireland with a Grounds for Belief presentation called “Confessions from a Peace Builder from Northern Ireland.” This free and open to the public event is a timely insight as the University of Mary begins its new May term study abroad missionary program in Northern Ireland from May 3 through May 17, 2017.

“In our two-week role as missionaries living in intentional community guided by the core Benedictine values, we will join the cause of peace and reconciliation with the people of Northern Ireland,” said, Taylor, who is leading the students abroad in May. “Kane’s experience, insight, and message will be helpful to all of us going on this inaugural service trip to Northern Ireland—and the general public as a whole who wish to know more about what is being done in modern-day Northern Ireland to help build peace and solidarity.”

January 2017 commemorates the 45th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the massacre in the Bogside area of Derry, Northern Ireland, on January 30, 1972. British soldiers shot 26 unarmed civilians, killing 14 of them during a protest march against internment.