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Summer Picnic

PCMNY’s annual pot-luck picnic in Central Park, in view of the majestic Metropolitan Museum of Art, has become a refreshing tradition that brings together members and friends in a spirit of invaluable camaraderie. A delicious assortment of foods and great conversation are the order of the day. Relax with us on Saturday, August 20th starting at 1 PM. And so we don’t miss each other, contact the PCMNY office with your name and cell phone number no later than August 18th: info@nypaxchristi.org.

UN International Peace Day

The UN International Peace Day is both a day for the United Nations to renew its dedication to the pursuit of peace and a Day of Ceasefire, both personally and politically. On Sunday, September 18th, PCMNY will observe this important day with prayer and a presentation by Alexandra Hiniker, Pax Netherlands Representative to the UN. Her topic, Promoting Just, Peaceful and Inclusive Societies from Grassroots to the UN, will focus on the protection of civilians in Syria, Iraq and South Sudan, including humanitarian disarmament and arms control policies. Join us at 20 Washington Square North in Greenwich Village from 2:30 to 4:30 PM. 

Fall Assembly

Pax Christi Metro New York's annual Fall Assembly offers an opportunity for reflection on PCMNY’s very identity as a peace community. We pray together, share our stories, and lend each other support. We also host a noteworthy speaker. This year Kevin Ahern, Director of Peace Studies at Manhattan College, will be speaking on the theme of Responding to the Spirit: Pope Francis and The Future of the Catholic Peace Movement. Hold Saturday, October 22nd, and keep an eye out for a registration brochure late Summer.



Other Scheduled Events


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Annual Events

 

Good Friday Way of the Cross
PCMNY is probably best known for its Good Friday Way of the Cross, which was its founding event. Commemorating Jesus' suffering in His own life and in the lives of people throughout the world today, hundreds 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. For CBS News coverage of the 2015 Good Friday event, please click here.

Peacemaker Awards Reception
Each year PCMNY honors peacemakers, some known nationally, some known locally, and some known mostly within the Pax Christi community, but all doing noteworthy work to make the world a more peaceful and just place for all of us to live. We honor these exemplary people at a reception that is a true celebration of them and the peace community that supports them.

40-Day Fast for Christian Nonviolence
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 each July 1st and ends on August 9th, the tragic triple anniversaries of the executions of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), Jewish convert to Catholicism and holocaust victim; 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. For more information about the fast, contact the PCMNY office: info@nypaxchristi.org or, when the Fast approaches simply sign up as an individual or group to fast a day, a week, or longer between July 1st and August 9th to end the horror of nuclear weapons proliferation and all forms of violence.

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. The Memorial consists of a presentation with discussion and concludes with a silent procession and public vigil. For some historical context about the bombings, see PCMNY member Marian Ronan's article.

Summer Picnic
PCMNY’s annual pot-luck picnic in Central Park, in view of the majestic Metropolitan Museum of Art, has become a refreshing tradition that brings together members and friends in a spirit of invaluable camaraderie. A delicious assortment of foods and great conversation are the order of the day.

UN International Peace Day
The UN International Peace Day has been held on September 21st  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. PCMNY observes this day with a special event that incorporates prayer and presentation, whether a speaker or film, along with time for discussion.

Fall Assembly
Pax Christi Metro New York's annual Fall Assembly offers an opportunity for reflection on PCMNY’s very identity as a peace community. We pray together, share our stories, and lend each other support. We also feature a reputable speaker to educate and inspire us on a theme taken from a current event or social concern.

Feast of the Holy Innocents
Each year, Pax Christi Metro New York remembers victims of violence, especially children, in honor of the Feast of the Holy Innocents. The focus of the event is a prayer service. It may also include speakers or a video on a relevant topic like human trafficking or incarceration.

Peacemaking Through the Arts
For several years now, PCMNY has been promoting our mission with the help of the performing arts. We host a concert or play with a message of peace and social justice. We do this because we believe we all have both the desire and need for peace and justice, rooted in God. The arts are an effective way to reach into our souls and inspire us to fulfill those desires and needs for ourselves and others in a way different from any other.

Ash Wednesday Leafleting

Our tradition on Ash Wednesday is to offer a Lenten Reflection to the faithful outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Annual Retreat

Each year PCMNY organizes a weekend retreat, usually during Lent, facilitated by a noted spiritual leader to challenge and nurture participants in their commitment to Christian nonviolence.

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Featured Recent Event

Peacemaker Awards Reception

by Rosemarie Pace, Director

Pentecost Sunday was particularly special this year at Pax Christi Metro New York. It was the day we held our annual Peacemaker Awards Reception for a sell-out crowd of about 140 people. The Reception took place in Casserly Hall below St. Joseph’s Church in Greenwich Village on the lovely afternoon of May 15th. There was an abundance of delicious food, beautiful classical guitar performed by Fr. Matthew Allman, C.Ss.R., and folk music performed by the band, Filthy Rotten System. There were also numerous baskets of a wide variety of wonderful prizes, free information, Orbis books, and, of course the awards. In addition, each attendee went home with a commemorative journal of the celebration.

The actual ceremony began with prayer presented by Rosemarie Pace, our Director. Since our beloved member, peacemaker emeritus, and long-time office volunteer, S. Elizabeth Proefriedt, had just died two weeks earlier, Rosemarie chose a prayer that S. Liz had written, adding just a bit to invite into the day all those in Israel and Palestine who work diligently for peace. This addition was because exactly one year earlier Rosemarie was in Bethlehem with the Pax Christi International community commemorating Nakba, the catastrophe of expulsion that Palestinian people experienced when their homes and villages were destroyed to make room for the new state of Israel. After the prayer for a conversion of heart, the awards ceremony began. Each recipient receives an icon of his or her choosing.

First to receive an award was Fr. Francis Gargani, C.Ss.R, Peace and Social Justice Minister for the Redemptorist Order of Brothers and Priests of the Baltimore Province and PCMNY Board Member, whose work incorporates spirituality with the arts, hospitality, and interfaith outreach. Fr. Gargani’s icon was Our Lady of Perpetual Help and his tribute read in part:

Fr. Francis, it is fitting that you have dedicated your life to the Redemptorist Fathers and to your guardian, Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Like Our Lady, you also look at the world with compassion and offer perpetual help to countless people in myriad ways. There seems to be no one you neglect, whether young or old, gay or straight, black or white, Christian or nonChristian. And your service to all comes through prayer and spiritual guidance, teaching and ministering, song and dance, food and drink, and so much more. You share in our pain and celebrate our joy. With immeasurable generosity, you help Pax Christi Metro New York thrive.

Next we honored Sr. Evelyn Lamoureux, D.W., Community and Peace Activist in Nassau and Queens Counties, serving the poor and working to end human trafficking. Sr. Evelyn’s icon was St. Josephine Bakhita and her tribute read in part:

Sister Evelyn, you have dedicated your life to teaching and serving those most in need. Like St. Josephine Bakhita, you are a kind of “doorkeeper,” welcoming those seeking help and support at St. Boniface in Elmont. You extend that concern even further through your membership on several Boards, including Martin de Porres School for Special Children and the Zonta Club which empowers women worldwide. Of special importance to you is your work on behalf of trafficked persons, hence your particular dedication to St. Josephine Bakhita. As we honor you, we will not forget that children and adults are still kidnapped and sold into slavery. We will recognize our responsibility to intercede for them. 

Finally among our adult honorees we recognized Phyllis & Orlando Rodriguez, Founding Members of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, Educators, and Advocates for Human Rights and Restorative Justice. Their icon was “Candlelight Vigil, and their tribute read in part:

Phyllis and Orlando, from the start of the horrific tragedy of September 11th, 2001 that robbed you of your son, Gregory, you became a light to the country and the world, saying firmly and clearly, “Not in Our Son’s Name!” And you have not slept since that day, instead donning the breastplate of love and the helmet of hope. You have refused to return evil for evil, but sought the good. You reached out to the mother of a 9/11 conspirator with compassion, you spoke out against his execution, and, today, you work for restorative justice in the prison system. 

In addition, we were also very pleased to recognize three Maloof Family Young Peacebuilders:

-   Paul Thomas, a senior at St. Raymond High School for Boys in the Bronx who has volunteered his time and talents in a hospital and soup kitchen and on a service trip helping to rebuild houses;

-   Caroline Bandigan, a senior at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn who has served food to the homeless, been a companion to the elderly, and helped teach religion and martial arts to young children; and

-   Jillian Eberlein, a junior at Notre Dame Academy H.S. in Staten Island who teaches conflict resolution strategies to elementary school girls in the Ophelia Project, helps with Meals on Wheels, and provides gifts to adults and children at a homeless shelter each Christmas Eve. 

It was a joyous occasion that inspired and energized all of us to continue our vital work to make ours a more peaceful world.

 

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