Host Fr. John Dear on his 2024 Speaking Tour for his Forthcoming Orbis Book:
“The Gospel of Peace: A Commentary on Matthew, Mark and Luke from the Perspective of Nonviolence.”

On November 1st, Orbis Books will publish Fr. John Dear’s new 500-page book, “The Gospel of Peace: A Commentary on Matthew, Mark and Luke from the Perspective of Nonviolence.” It is the first ever commentary on the Synoptic Gospels from the perspective of active nonviolence, in the tradition of Gandhi and Dr. King. In it, he goes through every line of the three synoptic Gospels to point out Jesus’ practice and teachings of nonviolence to inspire us to practice creative nonviolence like Jesus.

Next year, Fr. John Dear will embark on a national book tour to talk about “The Gospel of Peace” all over the country, from January-April, 2024. Please consider inviting him and hosting him to speak in your church, college or local community group sometime in early 2024.

If you are interested in receiving more information about his upcoming book tour and how you can help organize a book reading and signing event, please send me an email with your location, and all your contact info to

John Dear’s 2024 Speaking Schedule:

Thursday, Jan. 11th, Monterey, CA
San Carlos Cathedral Parish hall, 7:00 p.m.
Contact: Andrew Bear,  – 408-341-5461

Saturday, Jan. 13th, Corte Madera, Marin, CA
Book Passage Bookstore, 4:00 p.m.
Contact: Cheryl Bronstein, events@bookpassage.com415-927-0960

Thursday, Jan. 18th, Portland, OR
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral,
Contact: Fumi Tosu,, or, or – 408-910-7074

Friday, Jan. 19th, Bellevue, WA
St. Mary on the Lake Peace & Spirituality Center, 1663 Killarney Way, Bellevue. 6:00 p.m.
Contact: Sarah Bailey,  425-635-3600.


Sunday, Jan. 21st, San Francisco, CA
9:30-10:30 am, “The Forum,” In Conversation with Dean Malcolm Young, 11-12:15, Preaching during the worship service
Contact: Rebecca, – 415-749-6355

Saturday, Jan. 27th, Berkeley, CA
UC Berkeley Newman Center/Holy Spirit Parish, 2700 Dwight Way, Pax Christi event: 9:30 a.m.-noon
Contact: Dennise Burgess, – 510-303-9767


Monday, Jan. 29th, San Luis Obispo, CA
Rotary Club Luncheon,  Madonna Inn
100 Madonna Rd., noon,  


Wednesday, Jan. 31st, Palm Desert, CA
St. Margaret’s Church, 47535 Hwy. 74 – 7:00 pm
Contact:  Dave Berghof,


Thursday, Feb. 1st, Phoenix, AZ
Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale – 7:00 p.m.
Contact: Charlie Brown, – 480-948-7460. Also, Mark Klym – 602-799-4572


Saturday, Feb. 3rd, Albuquerque, NM
St. John XXIII Catholic church, with Archbishop John Wester – 10 a.m. 4831 Tramway Ridge Dr., NE,  Albuquerque, NM
Contact: Judy Traeger, – 505-974-1248

Sunday, Feb. 4th, Santa Fe, NM
First Presbyterian church, 208 Grant Ave.
(off the plaza),  preach at 10 a.m. worship service, followed by book event at 1:00 pm.
Contact: Rev. Harry Eberts, – 505-982-8544

Saturday, Feb. 24th, Los Angeles, CA
St. Paul the Apostle Church, 10750 Ohio Ave,. LA,, 11 a.m.
Contact: Fr. Gilbert Martinez, CSP.  gmartinez@sp-apostle.org310-474-1527

Thursday, Feb. 29th, Tulsa/Edmond, OK
Disciples of Christ Church,
Contact: Don Heath, – 405-348-8019

Saturday, March 2nd, Kansas City, MO
St. Therese the Little Flower Church, 5814 Euclid Ave., 10 a.m. to noon.
Contact: Mike Matteuzzi, mmatteuzzi@ma2zlaw.com816-550-4710.


Sunday, March 3rd, Coralville, Iowa (near Iowa City)
St. Thomas More Church, 3000 12th Ave., 6:00 pm social, 7:00 event
Contact: Fr. Church Adams,, and Lee Mickey,


Thursday, March 7th, Hickory Hills, South Chicago, IL
St. Patricia Catholic Church, 9080 S. 86th Ave. – 6:30 p.m.
Contact: Fr. Mike Meany, – 708-710-8271

Friday, March 8th , Woodridge/Chicago, IL
Christ the Servant Church, 8700 Havens Dr., Woodridge, IL 60517., 630-910-0770. 7:00 pm.
Contact: Karen Jackson, – 630-969-7644

Saturday, March 9th, Chicago, IL
Cenacle Sisters Retreat Center, 3800 West Peterson Ave., 1:00 p.m.
Contact: Mark Piper, – 773-343-9131.

Sunday, March 10th, Chicago, IL
Saint Sabina Catholic church, with Fr. Mike Pfleger, 1210 West 78th Place, preach at 10 a.m. Mass, followed by book event.
Contact church:  773-483-4300

Monday, March 11th, Oak Park, IL
St. Giles Catholic church, 1025 Colombian Ave, (Chicago). 
Contact: Dr. Marci Madary, 708-383-3430, ext. 404.

Tuesday, March 12th, San Antonio, Texas
University of the Incarnate Word, Student Engagement Center Ballroom, 7 pm.
Contacts: Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, kirk@uiwtx.ed and Arthur Dawes, – 210-213-5919

Wednesday, March 13th, Austin, Texas
St. James Episcopal Church, 1941 Webberville Rd.,
Contact: Rev. Eileen O’Brien, – 202-716-9055

Thursday, March 14th, Birmingham, Alabama
Baptist Church of the Covenant, 2117 University Ave., 7 pm.
Contact: Shelley Douglass, 629-278-3124.

Saturday, March 16th, Biloxi, Mississippi
Our Lady of Fatima Parish,, 2090 Pass Rd. – 10 a.m.
Contact: Fr. Greg Barras, – 228-297-2482

Sunday, March 17th, St. Petersburg, FL
Lakewood United Church of Christ, 2601 54th Ave. South.
Contact: Pastor Kim Wells, 727-867-7961

Wednesday, April 3rd, Springfield, MA
Springfield College, 263 Alden Road,
Contact: David McMahon, – 413-748-3210

Thursday April 4th, Binghamton, NY
St. Francis of Assisi Church, 1049 Chenango St.,
Contact: Rev. Tim Taugher, – 607-722-4388

Friday, April 5th, Erie, PA
Mt. St. Benedict, Benedictine Sisters, 6101 East Lake Rd.,
Contact: Sr. Anne McCarthy, – 814-899-0614

Sunday, April 7th, Harlem, New York City
St. Charles Borromeo Church, 211 West 141st St., Harlem,, 10 am Mass, preach, followed by book event
Contact: Fr. Willem Klaver, – 914-770-0697

Tuesday, April 9th, Lexington, KY
Holy Spirit Catholic Newman Center, Univ. of Kentucky, with Bishop John Stowe, President of Pax Christi USA, 320 Rose Lane,
Contact: Rev. Anthony McLaughlin, – 855-255-8566, and Sr. Ellen Kehoe,

Wednesday, April 10th, Nashville, TN
Christ the King Catholic Church, 3001 Belmont Blvd,
Contact: Jon Stotts,, 615-777-8910

Thursday, April 11th, Louisville, KY
7:00 pm, Passionist Earth and Spirit Center, 1924 Newburg Rd.,
CONTACT: Mark Meade, 502-272-8099,
Sponsored by the Thomas Merton Center, See:

Friday, April 12th, Cincinnati, OH
St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 100 Miami Ave., Terrace Park – 7:00 p.m.,
Contact: Rev. Darren Elin, – 513-448-7999

Sunday, April 14th, Cleveland, Ohio
Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2592 W. 14th St., 3:00 PM
Contact: Rev. Doug Horner, – 216-392-5626

Tuesday, April 16th, Guelph, Canada
All Saints Lutheran Anglican church, 210 Silvercreek Parkway N., Guelph, Rev. Brian Wilker – 519-830-8084 – 3:00 p.m.
Contact: Jon Fogleman, – 519-836-2946

Wednesday, April 17th, Tiffin, Ohio
96 South Monroe Street,
Contact: Sr. Paulette Schroeder at

Thursday, April 18th, Syracuse, NY
St. Lucy’s Church, 432 Gifford St.,
Contact: Corrine Driscoll,

Friday, April 19th, Pittsburgh, PA
Duquense University, 600 Forbes Ave.,
Contact: Sr. Barbara Finch, AND sisterpeace@yahoo.com412-716-9750

Sunday, April 21st, Nashville, TN
Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral, 3:30 in the afternoon, 900 Broadway, 616-255-7729,
Contact: Christina Isbell, – 615-479-0229

Saturday, April 27th, Palo Alto, CA
Mitchell Park Library, Palo Alto Room, 3700 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto CA 94303, 2-4pm.
Contact: Barbara Kent, – 650-704-1495
Sponsored by the Thomas Merton Center of Palo Alto, CA

Wednesday, May 1st, Lancaster, PA
Community Mennonite Church, 328 West Orange St.,
Contact: Brad Wolf, – 717-468-8101

Thursday, May 2nd, Litchfield, CT
Wisdom House, 229 East Litchfield Road, 7:00 p.m,
Contact: Patricia Torre, – 860-567-3163

Friday May 3rd-Sunday, May 5th, East Stroudsburg, PA
Kirkridge Retreat Center, Weekend Retreat on the Gospel of Peace,, 2495 Fox Gap Rd., Bangor, PA
Contact: Lydia, – 610-588-1793

Tuesday, May 7th, Watchung, NJ
Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, 1651 US-22, Watchung – 7:00 pm,
Contact: Sr. Laura Arvin, – 908-753-2091

Wednesday, May 8th, Boston, MA
Sacred Heart Parish, 169 Cummins Highway, Roslindale, MA
Contact: Fr. Brian Clary, – 617-325-3322

Thursday, May 9th, Newburyport, MA
Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb St.
Contact: Rev. Chris Nye, – 978-465-0533

Fri, May 10th, New York City, NY
Maryhouse Catholic Worker, 55 East Third St. – 7:00 pm, Friday night mtg

Monday, May 13th, Kalamazoo, MI
St. Thomas More Student Parish, 421 Monroe Ave., 49006. Fr. Paul Redmond, pm
Contacts: Jerry Berrigan,  Tim Fallon,

Wednesday, May 15th, Washington, D.C.
Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, 1400 Quincy Street, NE. 7:00 pm. 
Contact: Michele Dunne,

Saturday, May 18th, Santa Barbara, CA
Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State Street, 2:00 pm.
Contact: Rev. Sarah Thomas, 805-965-7419, x105. Preach on Sunday May 19th for Pentecost at both services.

July 17-21, Mariottsville, MD (near Baltimore)
Bon Secours Retreat & Conference Center, 1525 Mariottsville Rd.,, 5 day retreat: “Following the Nonviolent Jesus: Living the Gospel of Peace, Love & Nonviolence Today”
Contact: 410-442-3146

Wednesday, August 28th, Santa Fe, NM
Upaya Zen Center, Wed. night dharma talk – 5:30 pm,


Saturday, September 28th, Standish, Maine
St. Joseph College, 278 Whites Bridge Rd.,, day-long workshop on nonviolence, Jesus, Gospels, Gandhi, & King
Contact: Chris Fuller, – 207-893-7705

Sunday, Sept. 29th, Windham, Maine
Unity Center for Spiritual Growth, with Rev. Pat Bessey., Preach at Sunday service, followed by book event, 54 River Rd., Windham
Contact: Pat Bessey, – 757-636-8241