The 2017 awards went to Nan Saeki, Middlesborough Diocese and Rev Gyoro Nagase, Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order who lives in London. The awards were presented by Greet Vanaerschot, General Secretary of Pax Christi International.
Nationally Nan has been Chair of National Justice & Peace Commission and for many years a member, and Treasurer of Pax Christi’s Executive Committee, perhaps her first love. Nan understands the importance of local groups, and of the friendships and networks these can form across communities. A founder member of York Ecumenical Justice and Peace group and an active participant, she has a special gift of welcoming new people. She is involved with various York organisations including City of Sanctuary, and Friends of St Bede’s Pastoral Centre.
Nan was a prison visitor for 6 years, and she represents NJPN on the CSAN Criminal Justice Forum. Nan was a member of the chaplaincy team and a governor at All Saints School. She supports the Fairer World shop in York, maintaining a regular stall in her parish. Nan is an active member of Middlesbrough
J&P Commission, at onetime as Chair, and currently as Treasurer
Rev. Nagase has lived in Battersea Park, London since 1984 where he is responsible for the care and upkeep of the London Peace Pagoda. Rev. Nagase is a monk of the Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order founded
in 1917 by the Most Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii. Faced with the devastation of WW2, in 1947 Fujii Guruji determined to build Peace Pagodas in Japan and across the world to inspire peace and provide a focus for all to unite in working for reconciliation and harmony. Rev. Nagase first came to England in 1978 to help with the construction of the Milton Keynes Peace Pagoda. Rev. Nagase has become part of local, national and global peace-making networks. He is a regular participant in the Westminster Interfaith Peace Walks, the Pax Christi Ash Wednesday Witness for Peace at the Ministry of Defence and Franz Jagerstatter Memorial Service on Nagasaki Day, London Catholic Worker Peace Actions, & Hiroshima Day Commemorations in Tavistock Sq; the Japanese Against Nuclear weekly Friday demonstrations outside the Japanese Embassy and TEPCO in solidarity with the people of Fukushima.