Highlights from a Memorable Evening: 2018 Prophet of Peace Award

“Thank you . . . thank you sounds so empty . . . ,” said Sam Miller emotionally after receiving the 2018 Prophet of Peace Award. “I have so many people to thank . . . I am overwhelmed. Wanting peace, working for peace . . . it’s in my genes. My mother and father were people of peace.”

The annual award was given at a special Evening Prayer held at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery on February 10, with a dinner following. The slide show, which can be viewed by clicking on the arrow, shows the highlights of a wonderful evening that celebrated a man who is a fearless champion for the cause of peace and justice.

“I am truly blessed to have such wonderful friends and family members who share the vision of a more peaceful world,” shared Sam. “Let's all keep up the work and prayers, and it will happen. Remember these words: Peace in our hearts will bring peace to our families, Peace in our families will bring peace to our communities, Peace in our communities will bring peace to our nation, Peace in our nation will bring peace to our world, and .... let it begin with me."

The Prophet of Peace award recognizes an individual or group that embodies some aspect of the Erie Benedictines’ corporate commitment and its concerns for peace and justice, sustainability, and the needs of women and children. “Sam offers us a vision for good life and a new world order that will dawn when the earth’s peoples act justly, love tenderly, and walk humbly with their God,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress.

Click here to read this and more in Sister Anne’s remarks and award presentation.

About Sam Miller . . .
“If you don’t think one man can make a difference, you haven’t met Sam Miller,” reads the first inscription on the newly dedicated “Wall of Fame” at the Healthy Zone Rink, East Aurora, NY. Sam, who lived in East Aurora prior to moving to Erie, PA, was recognized for imagining, initiating, organizing and helping to construct a professional size indoor hockey rink there. Sam is a testament to the good that one caring, committed, and justice-seeking person can do to build a more peaceful world.

He devoted his adult life (more than 50 years) to peace, justice and environmental issues in the Buffalo, NY area and Erie, PA. His profession was as a clinical engineer who worked primarily in health care technology and hospital facilities management.

He has volunteered on missions to many developing countries, professionally and with organizations like Carelift International, International Aid, Inc., and Crossroads Springs Africa. Locally, he created and directed Our Air, Our Water, Our Rights to ban fracking in the Lake Erie watershed and to stop pollution of air and water in our community.

He volunteers with Benedictines for Peace, Erie Veterans Administration, Erie County Library, Emmaus Ministries, UPMC Hamot, Presque Isle Partnership. He has also been an active member of Veterans for Peace.