The Father Ray Herman Peace and Justice House kicked off the 2016 school year with a luau on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 7-10 p.m. The luau was a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Peace and Justice house located on Belmont Street. This house, which houses four students each year, celebrates and hosts events related to peace and justice in Dubuque and in the Loras community.
Since it was a luau, the house was fully decorated with an assortment of tropical themed decorations as well as free snacks and drinks, a campfire, a pop-up bar called the Freaky Tiki that served delicious mocktails. More than 80 people attended the event and a fun time was had by all during the celebration.
The house was named after Fr. Ray, who was nicknamed Cigar Box Ray by his friends because of his love of cigars. Fr. Ray was a priest from Independence, IA who became a missionary in Bolivia, where he worked amidst unimaginable poverty and served as an advocate for the indigenous people in that area. He met his untimely death when he was mysteriously killed in his bed in October of 1975. His murder still remains unsolved.
Loras College acknowledges the sacrifices he made for what he believed to be just at the Peace and Justice House. There are going to be a lot of events this year, since it is the 10th anniversary of the Peace and Justice House. Events will be announced as they come closer and after Peace and Justice week concludes.