Volunteer Recognition


Mark Klym


Season for Nonviolence Council

Mark Klym was born in Detroit, Michigan. He moved to Arizona in his youth and attended Apollo High School in Glendale and Arizona State University. Mark served in the United States Air Force as the Chief of Social Action which addressed substance abuse and human relationships within the Air Force. Leaving the military as a Major, he continued his passion and love for the works of St. Francis of Assisi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ghandi.

Mark has volunteered at the Casa for the past ten years and served on the Peace Committee for five of those years. He currently volunteers on the Season for Nonviolence Council which plans the educational programs for the Nonviolence Leadership Certificate program. Recently Mark facilitated a course called, Is There Another Way? Nonviolence training. Special emphasis is given to the Six Principles and Six Steps of Nonviolence according to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Franciscan Renewal Center, also known as the Casa de Paz y Bien (Peace and All Good) is honored to call Mark Klym a community member.

Mark, we thank you for being an instrument of peace, inspiring us to live a life of nonviolence. We wish you and your wife, Benita, your five children, their spouses and your thirteen grandchildren Peace and All Good.

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