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April 18th, 2014
Good Friday Way of the Cross
PCMNY is probably best known for its Good Friday Way of the Cross, which was its founding event. Our 32nd consecutive Good Friday Way of the Cross, commemorating Jesus' suffering in His own life and in the lives of people throughout the world today, takes place on April 18th, 2014, starting at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, E. 47th Street between First and Second Avenues at 8:30 AM. It proceeds along 42nd Street to between 8th and 9th Avenues, ending around noon. Hundreds will process together, praying for change in ourselves and a society marred by such sins as poverty, racism, bullying and gun violence, human trafficking and war.  Concluding with a 15th Station, we are reminded that we are a Resurrection people in a Good Friday world. Please come and pray with us.

SPECIAL EVENT - Saturday, April 26th

Memorial for Sr. Mary Nerney: Pax Christi Metro New York is honored to host a special memorial service for Sr. Mary Nerney, CND, our beloved former Board President who passed away last November. The service will be at 20 Washington Square North on Saturday, April 26th, at 11 AM. Space is limited, so please call ahead if you plan to come (212-420-0250), and help us honor this very special woman.


Annual Events


Peacemaker Awards Reception
On Sunday, May 19th, we hosted our 2013 Peacemaker Award Reception in Casserly Hall below St. Joseph's Greenwich Village Church.  We also celebrated PCMNY's 30th anniversary with a  Journal that includes a look back at 30 amazing years of PCMNY history and wall posters of PCMNY's staff, volunteers, local groups, and beloved deceased members.  We signed petitions for peace in the Middle East and an end to torture at Guantanamo and in our own U.S. prisons.  And we "gave peace a chance" with a variety of raffles and prizes.  As always, it was a great event that had us looking forward to this year's reception to be held on June 1st, 2014 honoring Sandy Hook Promise for their work against gun violence. We will once again be able to enjoy the beautiful music of Jeff Smith (our gifted Good Friday flutist) and friends Frank Lalley, Richard Slizeski, and Dorothy Valla. We will feast on hot and cold hors d'oevres, cookies, wine and soft drinks. And we will "give peace a chance" with a variety of raffles and prizes. Plan to join us.k

40-Day Fast for Christian Nonviolence
Each year Pax Christi Metro New York joins others around the country in an annual fast for Christian Nonviolence.  This fast is an opportunity to remember, repent, and resolve to transform our culture of violence, whether the violence of the street or the violence of war, drones, and nuclear weapons proliferation.  It begins on July 1st and ends on August 9th, the tragic triple anniversaries of the executions of St. Edith Stein, Jewish convert to Catholicism and holocaust victim, and Blessed Franz Jaegerstaetter, martyr for refusing to serve in Hitler's army, and the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, the largest Christian community in Japan. PCMNY frames it with prayers made available for you to pray alone or in community.

Hiroshima/Nagasaki Memorial
Each year PCMNY offers this commemorative event to mourn and repent for the horrific loss of life caused by the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August, 1945 and to advocate for the abolition of nuclear weapons today.  Now, we can add Fukushima to the list of Japanese cities devastated by nuclear tragedy. 
This year’s Memorial will feature the film, “The Ultimate Wish: Ending the Nuclear Age,” with a discussion led by co-producer, Dr. Kathleen Sullivan. It will take place on Sunday, August 3rd, starting at 2:30 PM in Casserly Hall, St. Joseph’s Greenwich Village Church. A silent procession and public vigil will follow, ending at 4:30 PM.

UN International Peace Day
UN International Peace Day: September 21st has been UN International Peace Day for decades now, but so many people still aren't familiar with it; yet, it's such an important day.  Not only is it a day for the United Nations to renew its dedication to the pursuit of peace; it is also a Day of Ceasefire, both personally and politically.  This year we celebrated Peace Day with a Peace Mass at Holy Family Church, the UN parish on E. 47th Street between First and Second Avenues.  Fr. Francis Gargani celebrated with about 40 of us, including three very welcome guests from Pax Christi in Texas and Ohio.  Sr. Doretta Cornell offered a reflection on the signs of hope for peace that may go unnoticed, but are happening all around us.  Following the Mass, we had light refreshments and a stimulating discussion on ways to foster a culture of peace, especially among the young.

Fall Assembly
The PCMNY Fall Assembly is a both an opportunity to gather members and friends together to learn the latest news of the movement in our region and to be inspired and challenged by one of our great leaders in nonviolent peacemaking.  On November 2nd, 2013 over 50 people gathered at the Convent of Mary the Queen in Yonkers to hear about PCMNY’s achievements of the past year and to help plan for the upcoming year.  They also had the privilege of sharing in the wisdom and insights of Fr. Michael Crosby, a Capuchin Franciscan, who spoke on A Franciscan’s Thoughts about Peace-Making: Making No Claims/Widening Our Circles of Care
. Consider joining us throughout the year to help us build a more peaceful world.

Feast of the Holy Innocents
In recent months, several New York City children have been killed by random gun violence.  Across the ocean in Syria, many more children have died, been injured, or become refugees.  On the Feast of the Holy Innocents, Pax Christi gathers to pray for the victims of violence, especially children.  In 2013, our remembrance took place on the feast day, December 28th, at the 12:10 Mass at St. Joseph’s Greenwich Village Church on Sixth Avenue and Washington Place.  Joyce Mennona, a volunteer with LifeWay Network, offered a brief reflection on Human Trafficking, a crime of epidemic proportions on today’s Holy Innocents.  After Mass, we learned even more from Joyce, including ways to help.

Peacemaking through the Arts

For several years now, PCMNY has been promoting peace with the help of the performing arts.  We’ve held concerts from folk to jazz.  We’ve hosted plays like In Between about being half Israeli Jew and half Palestinian Muslim and Pilgrims and Prophets of Peace about Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton.  We’ve used music and literature to pay tribute to Fr. Daniel Berrigan.  In 2014, we presented Luke Live! which was created and performed by Fr. James DiLuzio, CSP.  Luke Live! is a dramatic proclamation of the Gospel of Luke interspersed with Song Meditations--both sacred and secular.  For Pax Christi, Fr. DiLuzio highlighted the Peace and Justice components in Luke's Gospel.  You can read more about it in our Featured Recent Event below.  If you think your parish would like to host Luke Live!, visit to learn how to do so.

Annual Retreat

Each year, PCMNY hosts a retreat to invite members and friends to take some time away to pray, grow spiritually, and be inspired to return home to do the work of peacebuilding. From February 28th to March 2nd, 2014, Sr. Kathleen Deignan, CND led us on our retreat at the St. Joseph’s Renewal Center in Brentwood, Long Island. Blending her passions, her retreat theme was "Pax Christi/Pax Terra: Thomas Merton and Thomas Berry in Dialogue on Making Peace with Earth." Fifty-one retreatants were blessed by the experience.

Ash Wednesday Leafleting

Our tradition on Ash Wednesday is to offer a Lenten Reflection to the faithful outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral. On Ash Wednesday, 2014, six PCMNY members distributed 1500 leaflets to the faithful receiving ashes. Click here to read this year’s Reflection.




Featured Recent Event

Luke Live! - January 26, 2014

I admit it.  It was so cold on Sunday, January 26th, that I would have been perfectly happy staying home, but Pax Christi Metro New York was presenting its Peacemaking through the Arts Winter Benefit, Luke Live! and I had to go.  Thank God I did and thank God so did an assembly of hearty souls willing to conquer the arctic air and support PCMNY.

 Luke Live! turned out to be a fine way to warm the soul.  Fr. James DiLuzio, accompanied by the talented composer-pianist Laurence Rosania, graced his audience with several passages of Luke’s Gospel proclaimed not simply by heart but from the heart and enriched by a range of beautifully sung songs and interludes of commentary to entertain and enlighten.

 Fr. James began by emphasizing the value and virtue of simplicity, pointing out how much we tend to like what is “down to earth.”  He placed the Gospel and Jesus in that context, starting with the birth narrative in Luke’s Gospel.  How much simpler and down to earth could Jesus’ birth have been!  With that, Fr. James broke into the Quaker classic: “’Tis a Gift to Be Simple,” followed by Bernstein’s “A Simple Song” from Mass.  He then proceeded to proclaim other passages of Luke’s Gospel, including the Temptations in the Desert, the call of the Apostles, the Sermon on the Plain, the Lilies in the Field, and the stories of Martha and Mary, the Prodigal Son, and Zacchaeus.  Hearing each passage with the inflections and pauses that Fr. James gave them, seeing the facial expressions and body movements that he incorporated into each verse made them come alive and take on deeper meaning than a simple reading generally does.  Pairing them with such songs as Bruce Springsteen’s “Into the Fire,” Brian Wren and Norman Warren’s hymn “Is This a Day of New Beginnings?”, Bernstein’s “My House” from Peter Pan, “Who Will Buy? from Oliver, Pete Seeger’s “If I Had a Hammer,” “The Happy Working Song” from Disney’s Enchanted, “Bring Him Home” from Les Miserables, and Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changing” not only gave new meaning to each song, but also served as prayer responses to the Gospel sections.  Some revealed the joy of the Good News; most revealed its solemnity.

Besides returning to the message of simplicity throughout the program, Fr. James also reminded us of our common humanity which begs us not to be judgmental or arrogant, but to be forgiving and humble.  With the story of Martha and Mary, he suggested we learn to balance action and contemplation, not to put one above the other.  With the story of the Prodigal Son, he focused on the good brother, noting that he lost nothing because his brother was royally welcomed home.  Nor do we lose by another’s gain.  With the story of Zacchaeus, he noted that Zacchaeus was transformed not because Jesus chastised him, but because he rose to the level of esteem that Jesus afforded him.

Fr. James gave us many important ingredients to integrate into our peacemaking.  Yes, we will all be tempted to stay at home where it’s safe and warm, but if we do we may miss an opportunity to be so much more.

Luke Live! Audience


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