This is the way of PEACE: overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth, and hatred with love.

Brief Chronology of Peace Pilgrim's Life

  • 1908: Born Mildred Lisette Norman on July 18, in Egg Harbor City, New Jersey, the eldest of three children.
  • 1938: Preparations begin. "Living to give instead of to get."
  • 1952: First woman to walk the entire length of the Appalachian Trail in one season..
  • 1953: Jan. 1: Takes Peace Pilgrim as her name. Begins first cross-country pilgrimage from Pasadena, CA.
  • 1954: Forty-five day fast.
  • 1955: Begins second pilgrimage from San Francisco, CA. Walks at least 100 miles in each state, visiting each state capital. Also walks in Mexico and Canada.
  • 1957: Walks 1000 miles in Canada - 100 miles in each of the Canadian provinces.
  • 1964: Completes 25,000 miles on foot for peace at Washington, D.C. Stops counting miles, but continues to walk cross-country pilgrimage routes.
  • 1966: Begins fourth pilgrimage.
  • 1969 Begins fifth pilgrimage.
  • 1973: Begins sixth pilgrimage.
  • 1976: Visits Alaska and Hawaii for the first time.
  • 1978: Begins seventh pilgrimage.
  • 1979: June: Alaska educational and inspirational tour.
  • 1980: August: Hawaii educational and inspirational tour.
  • 1981: Spring: Formally nominated for Nobel Peace Prize by a group of church leaders from Memphis, TN.
  • 1981: July 7: Passes to "a freer life" near Knox. IN, while on her seventy cross-country walk.
Peace Pilgrim Portrait

Some Comments about Peace Pilgrim

"I am one of many who have admired and emulated the life and wisdom of Peace Pilgrim. Here is an American saint who transcended all national, religious, or sectarian bonds to communicate love, understanding and integrity. Her life was her teaching."

--Dan Millman, author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior

"There was no doubt that she was letting God write the script of her life, every moment of every day."

--Gerald Jampolsky, author of Love is Letting Go of Fear

"A wonderful lady, a wonderful book! It should be read by anybody who loves peace and the simple life."

--Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, author of On Death and Dying

" great a gift we have been given in the teachings and example of the marvelous woman known as Peace Pilgrim. Her words shine like brilliant lights in my heart, and her life was as fine a statement of the Universal Spirit as I have ever encountered."

--John Robbins, author of Diet for a New America

"Peace Pilgrim and I had a short correspondence...She was a most beautiful and spiritual person."

--Leo Buscaglia, author of Living, Loving, and Learning

"A wonderful human being who started me thinking. She planted seeds that have grown within me through the years."

--Pat Mische, co-founder Global Education Associates

"It is considered the highest level of enlightenment to simply 'walk as you talk' - Peace Pilgrim lived out this message and I celebrate her magnificent commitment to peace and harmony in the world. Indeed, she is my hero."

--Wayne W. Dyer, author of Your Erroneous Zones

"A deeply moving account of a contemporary saint; a woman who experienced enlightenment and then single-mindedly dedicated her life to sharing with the world the peace she had found."

--Roger Walsh, M.D., professor of psychiatry University of California at Irvine

"Peace Pilgrim shines as a model of one person's power to bring about planetary healing by living in harmony with her heart's truth."

Alan Cohen, author of The Healing of Planet Earth

This information comes from "Peace Pilgrim - Her Life and Works in Her Own Words" published by Ocean Tree Books, Santa Fe, NM. It is available through Friends of Peace Pilgrim.

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