Bishop Dingman Peace Award

2019 Bishop Maurice J. Dingman Peace Award

Catholic Peace Ministry’s Bishop Dingman Peace Award will be held Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 2926 Beaver Ave., Des Moines. Please join us for food and fellowship in the parish hall at 6 pm and for the speaker and award program in the sanctuary at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $50. Limited scholarships are available.

This year’s awardee is Carolyn Uhlenhake Walker, a long-time peace and climate activist, teacher and mentor from Des Moines. Our speaker is Jeffrey Biggers of Iowa City, the author of Resistance: Reclaiming an American Tradition. He is an award-winning historian, journalist and playwright. Biggers founded the Climate Narrative Project and served as the Sustainability Writer-in-Residence at the University of Iowa from 2014-2017.

For more information or to reserve tickets please call Patti McKee at 515-803-1152 or email to

About the Dingman Peace Award

Catholic Peace Ministry celebrates the life and memory of Bishop Maurice J. Dingman – a man of peace and an ally of Catholic Peace Ministry.

Every spring (since 1996), CPM hosts the Dingman Peace Award gathering with three features: remembering the Bishop, hearing a lecture from a renowned speaker, and presenting the Dingman Peace Award to an honored member of our community.

The Dingman Award gathering also is a cherished occasion for citizens of Iowa to gather and share food and fellowship. The Dingman event is a fundraiser for Catholic Peace Ministry.

Past Awardees and Speakers

Year Dingman Peace Award Recipient(s) Dingman Award Keynote Speaker
2018 Cy and Joan Engler Family Paul Engler
2017 Carmen Lampe Zeitler Carmen Lampe Zeitler
2016 DM Catholic Worker John Dear
2015 Brian Terrell and Barry and Marie Malloy Brian Terrell
2014 Veterans for Peace—Iowa chapters, and Rita Hohenshell Jeremy Scahill
2013 Sally Frank Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS
2012 Joshua Casteel Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton
2011 Religious sisters of Iowa Tom Cordaro
2010 Helen Oster and Chris Gaunt Jack Jezreel
2009 Chuck Day and Harold Wells Kathy Kelly
2008 Des Moines Area JustFaith Liz McAlister
2007 Eloise Cranke and Rev. Chet Guinn Charlie King, Karen Brandow, and the Prince Myshkins
2006 Sherry Hutchison Fr. Roy Bourgeois, MM
2005 Trinity United Methodist Church of Des Moines Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer
2004 Iowa United Methodist Bishop Gregory Vaughn Palmer Rosemary Radford Ruether, Ph.D.
2003 American Friends Service Committee, Iowa Program Ched Myers
2002 Rev. Bob Cook Rev. John Dear, SJ
2001 Rev. Gil Dawes Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB
2000 Jean and Bill Basinger Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ
1999 Phil Riley and Paul Stanfield Rev. William Sloane Coffin
1998 Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, Des Moines Chapter Jim Wallis
1997 Sr. Gwen Hennessey, OSF Sen. Tom Harkin
1996 Helen Tichy Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton