Marie Dennis is co-president of Pax Christi International, the global Catholic peace movement, a position she has held since 2007 and now shares with Bishop Kevin Dowling from South Africa. She is also a Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace.
Marie was previously director of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, charged with bringing the global experience of Maryknoll missioners into the process of shaping public opinion in the United States and policies of the U.S. and other governments, the United Nations and international financial institutions. She worked for Maryknoll from 1989 to 2012.
She holds a masters degree in moral theology from Washington Theological Union and honorary doctorates from Trinity Washington University and Alvernia University. She is a lay woman, a mother of six and a grandmother. She is author or co-author of seven books, including Oscar Romero: Reflections on His Life and Writings and St. Francis and the Foolishness of God.
Marie has visited many parts of the world, including countries in conflict, for Maryknoll and Pax Christi International – in the last few years: Peru, South Africa, Thailand, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, the Philippines, China, Colombia, South Sudan and Haiti.
Marie now serves on the steering committee of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network and as a contributing editor to Sojourners magazine. She has previously served on the White House Task Force on Global Poverty and Development; the advisory committee of Orbis Books; and the national boards of JustFaith Ministries, Sojourners magazine, the Jubilee USA Network and several other organizations.
She was one of the primary organizers of the April 2016 Conference on Nonviolence and Just Peace that was cosponsored by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and Pax Christi International. The conference called on the Catholic Church to re-commit to the centrality of gospel nonviolence; proposed the World Day of Peace 2017 theme on nonviolence; and started the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative.