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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, Click here for registration brochure.

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: 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.


Featured Recent Event

Celebrating UN International Peace Day Pax Christi Style

by Rosemarie Pace, Director

Thirty-four years ago, one year before Pax Christi Metro New York was incorporated, the United Nations celebrated the first Peace Day on September 21st. Its purpose was and still is to provide opportunities for nations, organizations, and individuals to engage in peacemaking activities on a common date. It is also meant to be a Day of Ceasefire, personal or political, but especially for nations engaged in armed conflict to allow humanitarian aid to reach people in greatest need living in war zones. UN Peace Day has grown over the years to be commemorated by millions of people across the globe. Unfortunately, it has not caught on in the U.S.A. to the degree that it has in other parts of the world, but PCMNY is proud to have made it one of our annual events.

Alexandra Hiniker at PCMNY UN Peace DayThis year, on September 18th, PCMNY hosted Alexandra Hiniker, Pax Netherlands representative to the UN, who led a discussion on “Promoting Just, Peaceful and Inclusive Societies from Grassroots to the UN.” Her particular focus was protection of civilians in Syria and South Sudan, including humanitarian disarmament and arms control policies. Over 25 of us filled the meeting room of 20 Washington Square North to pray, listen, and learn, not just from Alexandra, but also from each other. We began with a service that included a ritual using water and salt that symbolized life and tears, but ended with these words: “But let us not forget that salt and water can also help cleanse and heal. Let us commit ourselves to healing divisions between people, through our prayers, words, and actions.”

Alexandra is a young woman with international experience that defies her youth. From 2007 to 2012, she worked on humanitarian disarmament issues in some of the world’s most bombed and mined countries, first with the United Nations in Cambodia, and then with the Cluster Munition Coalition in Laos and Lebanon. She began her international development career implementing pandemic preparedness projects in Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe. Her current work at the Pax New York office provided the theme for our UN Peace Day event.

First, Alexandra shared some facts about the Syria conflicts, for there are many conflicts raging in Syria, both civil and international, domestic and proxy. And while so many different players battle, the Syrian people are the ones who suffer and die or risk death to escape. One of the biggest problems is starvation, which is being used as a weapon. Another major problem is that four out of five UN Security Council member-states are involved in some way in the Syrian wars. In addition, there is no plan for what happens after the fighting stops, should either the Assad government or the rebels “win.”

The presentation evolved into an open discussion in which Tom Fasy, a Veteran for Peace, spoke with great affection about his three trips to Syria over the years, and others raised questions or shared knowledge and resources with which they were familiar. (See and Alexandra was particularly interested in what this group of activists was doing on behalf of Syria. Unfortunately, many of us had to admit we felt stifled in what we could do to address such a complex and political quagmire. Prayer, petitions, education, and charitable outreach seemed to summarize our modest efforts.

Before concluding, Alexandra re-directed our focus to South Sudan, which receives far less attention, but is also in dire need of humanitarian aid and conflict resolution. The world’s newest country has been in a civil war for most of its very short history. Arms control is gravely needed.

Finally, Alexandra mentioned the Pax initiative, “Don’t Bank on the Bomb” (, which reports that“382 private and public financial institutions from around the world have invested 493 billion USD in 26 companies involved in the production, maintenance and modernization of nuclear weapons since January 2011.” Exposing these financial institutions can have an impact if enough people know and choose to divest. This actually happened in Rhode Island where the manufacture of cluster bombs was terminated due to opposition and financial loss. Imagine if this could happen to the production of nuclear weapons!

After a disturbing yet stimulating afternoon, we ended with a closing prayer and a Greeting of Peace.

Pax Christi Downtown Brooklyn also hosted a Peace Mass at the Oratory Church of St. Boniface on the actual UN Peace Day, September 21st. About 60 people attended. The homily was an impressive reflection on the readings of the day and our call to be peacemakers.




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