Canada: Pax Christi Toronto recognises Fr. Paul Hansen as Pax Christi Teacher of Peace
from The Catholic Register
17/9/19 - Fr. Paul Hansen has worked in plenty of dangerous places in his missionary work, always following one simple rule:
“I would never tell my mother, when she was alive, where I was going until I came home and I told her where I was. Because she wouldn’t sleep,” said the native of Saint John, N.B., who has done social justice work in 82 countries, including the Middle East and the former Soviet Union.
“It is easy to be in danger zones if you know why you are there,” he said. “The shakes and the sleepless nights come when you leave the danger,” said Hansen.
Hansen’s efforts with the many Church groups around the world he has worked with has earned him the Pax Christi Teacher of Peace award this year.
“He is not afraid to go to dangerous zones in the world to impart the Christian message,” said Tom Sagar, a spokesperson and former member of the discernment team of Pax Christi Toronto. “That’s part of Paul Hansen. He is a very courageous man.”
The Remdemptorist priest certainly did not expect to be recognized with an award for his years of spreading the Gospel.
“Not at all. Never in my wildest dreams,” said Hansen. “I thought maybe, well, it’s because I celebrated 50 years of priesthood.”
Hansen, a former board chair with Kairos, the ecumenical social justice coalition of churches, will be presented the award at St. Patrick’s Church in Toronto on Sept. 15...