Retired Episcopal priest Father John Naumann will receive the 2012 Jeannette Rankin Peace Award this fall.
Naumann was chosen for his work to promote peace through education and programs to alleviate poverty in Africa, according to a press release from the Institute of Peace Studies at Rocky Mountain College.
A native of Australia, Naumann was called to serve as rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Parish in Billings in 1989.
After a trip to Africa in 2000, he saw the need for good water supplies and education. Returning to Billings, he worked for five years to raise money to start the Amani Center in Tanzania, where he now lives.
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During an interview with The Gazette last fall, Naumann said the nonprofit center started several projects, including digging deep wells to provide clean water, growing grapes and operating a grain mill, all of which train local residents in skills they can use to make a living.
Amani also oversees two schools. One is a kindergarten and preschool. The other is the only English-language school for children, kindergarten through first grade, in the region.
Naumann will receive the award Nov. 16 during a program at the Alberta Bair Theater at 7:30 p.m.
The award is named in honor of Montana native Jeannette Rankin, 1880-1973, the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress, who promoted peace during her life.