The SSJ Sister Karen Klimczak Center for Nonviolence has many resources to help promote peace and learn about nonviolence.

If you can't find what you are looking for please send us an email, give us a call, or stop by.

Books and DVD (available at the center):

Peaceprints: Sister Karen’s Paths to Nonviolence
Released to commemorate the second anniversary of the death of Sister Karen, this book celebrates her life and helps us cherish the memory of this passionate champion of nonviolence. The biographies, stories, essays, interviews, poetry, art, and photographs that grace this book are voices of the community expressing how Buffalo’s Ambassador of Peace touched their lives. These vignettes are interspersed with entries from Sister Karen’s own journals and observations that express hope and forgiveness.
Cost: $18.00 + tax 
12 or more $15.00 each + tax

The Emmy-nominated DVD, “Apostle of Peace,” produced by Daybreak TV Productions, is enclosed in each book (see description below).

“Apostle of Peace” DVD - 30 mins.
A half-hour special program celebrating the life and legacy of Sr. Karen Klimczak, SSJ. Included in the documentary are interviews with some of the people closest to the woman of "peaceprints," along with archival footage of Sr. Karen herself.
Cost: $10.00


A team of teachers committed to nonviolence created the following lessons for the book, PEACEPRINTS: Sister Karen Paths to Nonviolence. Peaceprints are the means to nonviolence; nonviolence is the goal. These themes resonate throughout the book and lessons. Books can be purchased at or call 716-362-9688.

The lessons are aligned with New York State standards in English, social studies and art and can be adapted for any grade level including adult education. Lessons 1, 2, 3 provide background information, and we suggest using one or all as introductory lessons.

A few lessons are designed specifically for religion classes and marked “Religion.” The basis of all the lessons, however, is the belief that human beings are most fully human when they practice nonviolence. 

As you use these lessons you may develop additional ideas and activities and even new lessons. That’s what creative teachers do! On the page called “Additional Lessons,” which follows the last lesson, we invite you to share your ideas and we provide information on how to do so. Thank you in advance.

For assistance with implementation of lessons, contacts for speakers, the location of  resources on peace and nonviolence, and information about Alternatives to Violence training, contact the SSJ Sister Karen Klimczak Center for Nonviolence.

We thank The Canisius College WNY Writing Project for its support for the Peaceprints Project and for its encouragement to teachers to create classrooms of peace and justice. 

Download/View PEACEPRINTS Lessons