Mark Your Calendar
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Peace Day
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.
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.
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.
Good Friday Way of the Cross
40-Day Fast for Christian Nonviolence
Feast of the Holy
Feast of the Holy
Peacemaking Through the Arts
Ash Wednesday Leafleting
Ash Wednesday Leafleting
Our tradition on Ash
Wednesday is to offer a Lenten Reflection to the
faithful outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Our tradition on Ash Wednesday is to offer a Lenten Reflection to the faithful outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
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.
Peacemaker Awards Reception
by RosemariePace, 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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