Now Playing What just played?



Listen Live

Rudy Wiebe will receive the 2019  Canadian Mennonite University PAX award on Thursday, April 4, 2019, at Spring at CMU, an annual fundraiser in support of the university.

According to CMU's release, CMU President Dr. Cheryl Pauls will present the award to Wiebe.

The PAX Award was created to honour people who lead exemplary lives of service, leadership, and reconciliation in church and society.

Wiebe has published 33 books and is best known for his novels that focus on faith, life on the Canadian prairies and the voices of Canada's Indigenous people. These books have led him to be the recipient of the Governor General's Award for Fiction.

Wiebe is delighted and honoured to receive the award, to be placed in the company of previous recipients like Jean Vanier and Art DeFehr.

His very first novel, titled Peace Shall Destroy Many, caused controversy in the Mennonite community back when it was published in 1962 because of its uncomfortably honest insider perspective on the community.

Wiebe was born in 1934 on his family's farm near Fairholme, SK.

He studied at the University of Alberta and the University of Tubingen in West Germany. He completed his MA in creative writing in 1960. He then studied and taught at Mennonite Brethren Bible College and worked as editor of the Mennonite Brethren Herald in Winnipeg. Wiebe also taught at Goshen College in Indiana and then to the University of Alberta where he is currently Professor Emeritus.

Wiebe has also lectured and given readings internationally, taught literature and creative writing for 30 years, and mentored now successful writers. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2000.

More information for Spring CMU can be found on their website.

Share this story!

Major delays for busy road after pedestrian hit

Osborne St. is closed in both directions Wednesday afternoon after a pedestrian was hit…

The spring thaw is here, be mindful of thin ice conditions

Everywhere you look the evidence of spring is here - above freezing temperatures…

Child dies following being struck by car

The Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) has confirmed that a four-year-old girl has died after…

God's timing taking Manitoba couple to devastated Mozambique

Around 400,000 people are believed to be homeless after a cyclone devastated the country…

6 Christians killed, 470 flee in attack

Open Doors USA says that three women and a nine-year-old child are among those killed…

Spring swooped in 1 day early

One of the sure signs of spring showed up just in time at Oak Hammock Marsh this week.

Large presence for reports of shots fired at apartment complex

Witnesses say they saw over 20 police cars at one point at an apartment building on Panet…

'CFS failed my daughter': family searching for answers after baby dies in foster care

The family of an infant who passed away while in the care of a foster family earlier this…

Bullet stopped by Lord's Prayer

A woman from Kanas City is thanking the Lord for her life after being protected from harm…

London police now admit to driving preacher away

A street preachers arrest resulted in him being driven to a remote area before being left…

'Tragedy averted' when man attempts to shoot officer but gun fails

The president of the Winnipeg Police Association says tragedy was averted when someone…

Asylum seeker in labour rescued stuck in deep snow

Emergency responders rescued an asylum seeker near Emerson on the weekend.

Leisure Guide and swimming lesson registration opens Tuesday

It's not summer yet, but you can already get your kids in the pool with spring swimming…

UPDATE: Fog advisory now ended for southern Manitoba

UPDATE: The fog advisory has now been lifted for southern Manitoba.

Latest flood forecast has Red exceeding 2009 levels

The Red River and its tributaries will see substantial flooding this spring, according to…

1,000 kids attend 204 youth rally in Winnipeg

What started off as a conference with 300 students three years ago has now outgrown two…

From many miscarriages to triplets

A Winnipeg Christian author has written a book about her journey from experiencing…

RCMP say missing man has been safely located

Lac Du Bonnet RCMP say that a 67-year-old who had not been hear from since February has…

Death and new life in Winnipeg's art and culture scene

Two artists showing now at the Mennonite Heritage Gallery explore life and death in…

Thank a driver: Transit Driver Appreciation Day

Today is Transit Driver Appreciation Day!