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Good Friday Way of the Cross  April 14, 2017

Pax Christi Metro New York invites you to join our 35th annual Good Friday Way of The Cross with hundreds of other faithful people in the largest public Christian peace witness in New York City. This Way of the Cross is a modern-day Stations of the Cross, witnessing for peace and justice in the streets of our city. The theme this year is “Jesus calls us to active nonviolence.”  At each Station we reflect on our participation in a world still characterized by crucifixion. The walk begins at 8:30 AM on April 14th at 47th Street between First and Second Avenues and proceeds along 42nd Street, ending on 42nd Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues around noon. Please wear or carry a cross. For more information,contact Pax Christi Metro New York at 212-420-0250 or info@nypaxchristi.org  For event flier, please click here.



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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.

Human Rights Day/Holy Innocents
Each year, Pax Christi Metro New York remembers victims of violence, especially children, in honor of Human Rights Day and 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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Becoming Peacemakers: Walking the Road Together
Pax Christi Metro New York Retreat
March 10-12, 2017

by M. Doretta Cornell, RDC

This year’s PCMNY retreat centered around the stories of two sisters and one city and their engagement with the nuclear monster.

Sr. Megan Rice Speals at Retreat 2017On Saturday morning, Sr. Megan Rice began the retreat by telling her story. Repeatedly saying that there was nothing unusual about her childhood, she recounted her parents’ deep engagement with Catholic thought and thinkers, mentioning visitors such as Martin Sheed, Maisie Ward, and Dorothy Day, and a neighbor, Dr. Selig Hecht,a biophysicist whosesecret work with the Manhattan Project later turned out to be developing the atomic bomb. She conceded that her work against nuclear weapons was a natural progression from all this.

Her studies as a Holy Child sister also prepared the way; while she was studying biology to teach in Nigeria, a mentor steered her toward examination of tritium’s effect on DNA; in her teaching, she continued to focus on radioactivity.

On a “transition retreat” back in the United States, Megan felt compelled to “do something” about nuclear weapons. This led her to a Franciscan Desert Experience near the U.S. nuclear testing facility which, combined with the first Disarm Now Plowshares trial, led her to believe the time had come for a new public action. Through the cooperation of Pax Christi Nashville, the 2012 Transform Now Plowshares action occurred. With two companions, Megan broke into the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The plant makes components for nuclear warheads and is a storehouse for nuclear materials including bomb-grade uranium.Inside the facility, they cut through security fences, hung banners and crime scene tape, and splashed baby bottles of human blood around the secure area.  Megan spent 35 months in prison as a result; her companions received longer sentences. She is still on parole.

Sr. Jean FallonOn Saturday afternoon, Megan invited Maryknoll Sister Jean Fallon to tell her story. Jean told of living through World War II and, as a Sister, being missioned to Japan. Here she joined the National Peace and Justice Committee and toured Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Besides these, Jean said, all the major cities had been bombed “to smithereens” by incendiary bombs. Hiroshima and Nagasaki were designated as test sites for the experimental plutonium and uranium bombs. Jean told us some of the devastation caused by these bombs and brought a book of truly heart-breaking drawings made by survivors as a step toward healing.

I found Jean’s emphasis on the experimental nature of the bombing – the United States military wanted to learn what the bombs could do – particularly chilling, as was her final, haunting question: If we (the United States) had examined ourselves after World War II, what could we have done differently, and how different would we be now?

Rosemarie Pace noted that Pax Christi International will meet in Hiroshima in 2020 to celebrate its 75th anniversary.

We spent the rest of the afternoon digesting and discussing what we had heard and what actions we might take as a result.

Throughout the day, we spent time in prayer together and in quiet times alone, praying about all we had heard, and we shared the Eucharist on Saturday before enjoying one of several delicious meals and a time to relax and socialize.

On Saturday evening, we had yet another source of information, a video,Fukushima Five Years After, available on You Tube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wD29v1BSs4U. The video showed the long struggle to cope with the radiation from the meltdown after the earthquake on March 11, 2011and subsequent tsunami. The building and many areas around the plant remain contaminated. Workers continue to try to contain the radiation that is still being released and to remove millions of tons of earth that was contaminated. A particularly touching part of the video was about a man who lives in the contaminated region, caring for the many horses, cows, pigs and other animals abandoned by the fleeing inhabitants.

On Sunday morning, after prayer and sharing about what we had learned, we engaged in a Postcard Action. All were invited to write a postcard to the new United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, expressing our concerns about nuclear weapons. Beth Begley, who is a Pax Christi International representative at the UN, told why this is timely, as well as urgent. The General Assembly recently voted overwhelmingly to begin negotiations to eliminate nuclear weapons, and the preliminary negotiations will begin later this month. The United States and other nuclear-possessingnations were among the few dissenting votes.

This was PCMNY’s first retreat at the Maryknoll Sisters Center. All who attended found it a beautiful and welcoming setting. We are most grateful to the Sisters for their warm hospitality.

 

PCMNY Retreat 2017

 

 

 

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