You’re invited to join us on Saturday afternoon, September 22, 2018 for the first-ever
Bill & Judy Corrigan* Peace & Justice Award
The InterReligious Task Force on Central America & Colombia
Please RSVP here
to get all of the details.
Part of the proceeds of this event will go to IRTF.
If you are not able to attend, please consider sending a donation to
The Tyrian Network, c/o Melissa Curtin, 3015 Standish Avenue, Parma, OH 44134.
Please forward this email invitation to anyone you think may be interested.
DATE: Saturday, September 22
TIME: 1:30-4:30pm (pop in and out reception)
PLACE: Winton Place party room, 12700 Lake Ave., Lakewood (Gold Coast)
TICKET: $25 suggested at the door (no one turned away; a portion goes to IRTF)
RSVP: strongly encouraged. See the invitation here.
About the Tyrian Network
to empower creativity, healing and peace within individuals and communities
honoring local artists/art teachers who represent the Tyrian Network’s mission in the their work
holding retreats and workshops (at Himmelblau House, Kelley’s Island)
sponsoring the Peace Garden of the Nations (Cleveland Cultural Gardens), holding events there on International Peace Day (Sep 21), and recognizing local peace groups with the Bill and Judy Corrigan Peace & Justice Award
About Bill and Judy Corrigan
[IRTF disclaimer: We did our best to piece together bios of Bill and Judy, but we are the first to admit that these are incomplete. It would take pages and pages to do them justice! ]
Judy and Bill Corrigan have, either separately or together, initiated and impacted all kinds of volunteer organizations, particularly on Cleveland's near West Side. These include: Community Bail Fund Shelter and job search outreach, Juvenile Intervention Program, regular free meals at local churches, Victims' Compensation Fund, Cleveland Women's Ordination Conference, and work with African refugees.
Ask her about why she and Bill, while studying Vatican II documents with parishioners at St. Gregory Parish, decided to give away most everything they owned, take their kids out of their upper middle class life in South Euclid, and move to the near West Side in the 1960s. Judy has been known for decades in the neighborhood as director of Near West Side Food and Family Services (at St. Pat’s) and membership director at the neighborhood YMCA. With Bill and the kids, Judy always reached out to those in need. In later years, it was Bill who was in need. As his health and mobility declined, Judy spent the last 10 years or so taking him (and his wheelchair!) to dinner and movies and every protest event possible. Judy herself got to go to one of the biggest: the Women’s March during inaugural weekend in Washington, DC, in January 2017! Not her first visit to DC, of course. She was arrested during an anti-nukes demonstration there in the 1980s.
Bill (who passed away in 2017), was a WWII veteran with a Purple Heart (Battle of the Bulge). He studied law and went into practice with his father. Continuing his education, he later became a teacher and counselor at Glenville High School during the era of the historic neighborhood uprising (1968). Living out his Catholic faith, he worked with the Commission on Catholic Community Action, the social action arm of the diocese . In his 60s, he was ordained a permanent deacon and served at St. Pat’s and later St. Colman’s. Many knew Bill as Judge Corrigan: he served six years as Cleveland Housing Court Judge. In his later years, many would see Bill everySaturday morning at the weekly peace vigil outside the West Side Market, which was initiated in September 2001 and continues today.
Judy and Bill:
Bill and Judy have had a lengthy history of involvement in the anti-war movement—active in protests against all US wars since Vietnam, even getting arrested at the Catholic Cathedral in 1969. Through their activism in the peace movement and sanctuary movement, they’ve always lived out the Christian edict to “love your neighbor.” For the Corrigans, that neighbor is both the person next door as well as the person you’ve never met who lives halfway around the globe. The culture of care and concern on the near West Side blossomed and grew as they attracted other young families to join them there. Judy and Bill fostered the loving and compassionate community of neighbors that continues to this day. Their home on Clinton Ave.—where they raised their eight children and have provided a loving home to many of their 20+ grandchildren (and great-grandchildren)—has always been one of welcome, a Catholic Worker House of Hospitality to many in need over the years.
[Another thing to ask Judy: What about the time that Dorothy Day (co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement) slept in your husband’s bed ?]
Join us on Saturday, September 22, as we honor the legacy of peace-building of Bill and Judy Corrigan, exemplified through the human rights solidarity work of the InterReligious Task Force on Central America.