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Priest and anti-war activist from Streator dies

Posted by wlpo on September 6, 2013

What a story the Reverend Lawrence Morlan of Streator could’ve told.

The 53-year old Morlan died last week in Bettendorf, Iowa after over 30 years working for peace and social justice.  After graduating college, Morlan joined the “Plowshares Movement”, an anti-nuclear weapons and pacifist non-violent group.  In 1986, Morlan and others protested at a missile silo in Missouri.  The protest was shown on “60 Minutes” and Morlan ended up serving four years in prison for the protest.

Morlan served as a parish priest in Pekin and Bloomington and a pastor in Rock Island before his death.  Service announcements can be heard during WLPO AM and FM’s In Memoriam.

Bishop Daniel Jenky will conduct Morlan’s services.

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