Friends of
Peace Pilgrim

A Non-Profit, Tax-Exempt, All Volunteer Organization
PO Box 2207, Shelton, CT 06484
  tel. (203) 926-1581

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Summer 2008
Number 51

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"Overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth, hatred with love" -- Peace Pilgrim

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Thoughts about John and Ann from Friends - Peace Pilgrim's 100th Birthday Celebration

Thoughts about John and Ann from Friends

 “You’ve done a wondrous miraculous work with your lives!! Thank You!  We have distributed many pamphlets, books, and tapes.  Love the video, which always touches those who watch it.  All thanks to your dedication, vision and love! Yes, there are still remarkable beings on our planet and you two head the list!”
Jack and Eulaua (Honolulu)

“It is with gratitude and love that we honor our friend Ann Rush …. We will always remember the joy of finding her in Hemet and receiving her lovely smile and a box of Peace Pilgrim books to give to friends and another box in Spanish to take to Costa Rica.  Thank you Ann.  Her devotion will always be in our hearts and her efforts have impacted the world and we are closer to Peace on our Earth because of her and her devoted husband…” Barbara and Robert Muller (California)

“Your Life Matters.  Had it not been for you, people like me, whom you’ve never met, would never have known the full meaning of the life of a remarkable inspiring woman.  Without you her ministry would have faded into obscurity, lost to the curious, forgotten by a world that has drifted far from her message of peace.”
Judy Hagerman (Colorado)

“My son John and I met you at the Peace Pilgrim Center 10 years ago.  You were both so gracious and kind.  You invited us to a shared luncheon the following day with other special friends of Peace.  Ann, when you opened your front door, I remember gasping for I saw that Light of God in your eyes.” - Debbie (Pennsylvania)

 “Anna Laura, I just want you to know that you have been one of the most amazingly influential people in my life.  Your humility, your strength, your endurance, peace, and love, just to name a few, have always brought peace to my heart.  The few times we have spent together have shown me that we can overcome and have joy and peace.  Thank you soooo much for your work, and all you have done for every soul on this planet.  You truly have blessed many.” - Tamra Billen (California)

“All the work you have done over the years to support and spread the work of Peace Pilgrim is so much appreciated.  You and John both have my eternal gratitude for sharing Your Light with the world.  You have made it a brighter, more loving place for all of us. Thank you!” - Beck Smith  (Texas)

“As a dear friend of Peace Pilgrim you have become a dear friend of mine and folks all over the world for compiling her book!” - Dr. Margaret Dwyer (Michigan)

“Your untiring work and devotion to Peace and for peace, is an ongoing inspiration to all of us.”
Cheryl Canfield (California)

“I feel such gratitude toward those whose loving, peaceful energy has tended the garden prepared by our beloved Peace Pilgrim.  Now that nature has slowed your doing, that your radiant Being may fill the Universe with the peace of your every prayer and breath, know how much you are loved and supported on your journey.”
Jeanne Knecht (Connecticut)

“Thanks to your dedication, Peace’s message is being heard around the world.  Perhaps it’s time to rest.”
Mary and Art Hoag (Idaho)

“…THANK YOU to you Ann and John for delivering Peace Pilgrim’s message to so many people.  Since ordering her book and videos, her story has changed my life in many positive ways. Your work will forever be appreciated!” Corinne Zupko (New Jersey)

“With heartfelt thanks for all you have done to educate the world - to share Peace Pilgrim with all of us – and to pursue your own inner peace.  You inspire us.”
Rev. Radicchi (California)

“God bless you for all you have done for so many years to keep the work of Peace Pilgrim going.  I was pleased when a friend who is a student at Clark University in Worchester, Mass told me they studied about Peace Pilgrim in their peace studies class.”
Ruth Anne Paul (Oregon)

“I’m ever grateful for all both of you have done to keep Peace’s message alive and happy to see that you have inspired others to follow in your footsteps.”
Helene Young (New Jersey)

“I want to thank you for all your wonderful work at the Peace Pilgrim Center –it was you who sent me the materials which I came to distribute to my career counseling clients…and still do to those who are interested in peace and justice work.  The work you did reached many hungry and thirsty souls searching for life’s meaning for them…” - Rosemary Barshart

“Most of us, myself included, have aspirations for peace.  You have acted for peace.  Your convictions are to be admired.” - Bill Jarreh (North Carolina)

“…I wanted to thank you so much for being a repository of Peace.  How beautiful you are.  How uplifting a message you sent out to the universe those many years.  May you now both be embraced by the life, dedication, and peace, which you exemplify.”
Mary Frederich (New York)

“I enjoyed all of our times together…I am deeply grateful for what you both have done to the many, many Friends of Peace Pilgrim.  You both are Peace personified in loving souls.” - Phyllis (California)

 “Thank you so much for all the work you did on behalf of Peace Pilgrim’s message.  Thanks to you I became familiar with her wonderful philosophy.”
Annette Grubb (Michigan)

“You are both an inspiration and guiding lights in a much-needed world. Even now at your Health Care Facility. You continue in your simple way to quietly carry on the work of Peace.  You have and are touching many lives.  From the depths of my heart…Thank you.”
Margaret (Texas)

“As stewards of the peace message, you have certainly held the torch high!” - Julie Giessler (New York)

“I appreciate all your energy in getting the word of Peace Pilgrim to people …know how many lives you have touched in a loving way.”
Audrey Dittberner (New Mexico)

“Dear Ann, you have given and shared so much in so many ways.  You have enriched my life  - and those of so many other people. You rest in peace in my heart. There’s a smile there, too – for I easily recall your smile and your sense of humor looking out at the world.”
Richard Polese (New Mexico)

"The motive, if you are to find inner peace, must be an outgoing motive. Service, of course, service.  Giving, not getting. Your motive must be good if your work is to have good effect. The secret of life is being of service."

Peace Pilgrim


Peace Pilgrim’s 100th Birthday Celebration – Egg Harbor City, NJ

     July 18, 2008 will mark the 100th anniversary of Peace Pilgrim’s birth in Egg Harbor City, NJ.  She said of her early years growing up in that community:

I had a very favorable beginning, although many of you might not think so. I was born poor on a small farm on the outskirts of a small town, and I'm thankful for that. I was happy in my childhood. I had a woods to play in and a creek to swim in and room to grow. I wish that every child could have growing space because I think children are a little like plants. If they grow too close together they become thin and sickly and never obtain maximum growth. We need room to grow.

     On the weekend of July 18 and 19 her hometown will be honoring one of its most notable citizens with a series of events.  On Friday evening the documentary film, Peace Pilgrim: An American Sage Who Walked Her Talk will be shown at the Charles L. Spragg School.  On Saturday morning there will be a “Peace Walk”, and in the afternoon a community picnic in the park that bears Peace Pilgrim’s name.  On hand for the events will be community leaders, Peace Pilgrim’s sister, Helene Young, Friends of Peace Pilgrim board members, and friends of peace from near and far.  More information can be found at the Peace Pilgrim 100 website:

Peace Pilgrim Drawing
Peace Pilgrim Drawing by Missy Washington


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