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Peacemaker Awards Reception
Help us celebrate our 2016 Peacemakers on Sunday, May 15th, in Casserly Hall, St. Joseph’s Greenwich Village Church from 3 to 6 PM. We’ll be honoring Orlando and Phyllis Rodriguez of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows; Sr. Evelyn Lamoureux, D.W., Peace and Community Activist in Nassau and Queens Counties; and Fr. Francis Gargani, PCMNY Board Member extraordinaire. We’ll also be honoring Maloof Family Young Peacebuilders Paul Thomas, St. Raymond High School for Boys, the Bronx; Caroline Bandigan, Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School, Brooklyn; and Jillian Eberlein, Notre Dame Academy H.S., Staten Island. Come for the fun, the food, and the festivities. To view the invitation with more details, click here. To register, contact PCMNY, or register at http://www.nycharities.org/events/EventLevels.aspx?ETID=8977.


Scheduled Upcoming Events

For dates and descriptions of additional scheduled events, 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.

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

Aisling: A Concert to Honor Thomas Merton’ Celtic Soul

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to Celebrate the Closing of the Merton Centenary

by Rosemarie Pace, Director

This year Pax Christi Metro New York’s (PCMNY) Peacemaking through the Arts event was a wonderful concert presented by Sr. Kathleen Deignan, CND, and Beth Bradley and her consort, Gadelica. Over 100 attendees relished in the beautiful sounds of Sr. Kathleen’s and Beth’s rich voices and Gadelica’s complementary accompaniment on guitar, violin, and drum. There was even dancing in the aisle by Sr. Kathleen and PCMNY’s Board President, Margaret Flanagan.

This delightful event took place on Sunday, January 31st, Thomas Merton’s birthday, in St. Joseph’s Church in Greenwich Village. Fr. Francis Gargani, C.Ss.R, another PCMNY Board member, opened the program with a warm welcome, an opening prayer, and this excerpt from a poem by Hafiz, from the 14th century:

"Bring your cup near me
for I am a sweet old vagabond,
with an infinite leaking barrel
of light and laughter and truth
that the Beloved has tied to my back."
For what a gift the Beloved has made of you!
I bring my cup to fill of your goodness
and thank God for your presence in my life!

It could have been applied to our musicians, Thomas Merton, and all present, such was the afternoon.

Then our Director, Rosemarie Pace, offered some background on Pax Christi and this annual event. She explained how this arts program developed to tap into our hearts the way we so often tap into our intellects to promote peace.

Next, Fr. Francis introduced Sr. Kathleen, and the musical feast began. The title, Aisling, is an Irish term for dream or vision. It is a poetic genre that developed in late 17th and 18th centuries in Irish language poetry. It is also the name of Sr. Kathleen’s newest CD coming out in March. This concert was a preview of that much-anticipated collection.

Interspersed among the many lilting songs, Sr. Kathleen added stories of Thomas Merton and his “Celtic Soul.” Her narrative seamlessly wove together fascinating information with good-old Irish humor. And the music was a skillful blend of solos by Sr. Kathleen and Beth Bradley along with duets, instrumentals by Gadelica, and numbers by the full ensemble. 

This amazing concert entertained for two hours with no intermission, and everyone, including Sr. Kathleen, was sorry when it had to end. But before it was over, Sr. Kathleen read one last piece from Thomas Merton, an epiphany he had on a busy street corner in Louisville, Kentucky:

In Louisville, at the corner of Fourth and Walnut, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realization that I loved all those people, that they were mine and I theirs, that we could not be alien to one another even though we were total strangers. It was like waking from a dream of separateness, of spurious self-isolation in a special world, the world of renunciation and supposed holiness. . . . This sense of liberation from an illusory difference was such a relief and such a joy to me that I almost laughed out loud. . . . I have the immense joy of being man, a member of a race in which God Himself became incarnate. As if the sorrows and stupidities of the human condition could overwhelm me, now I realize what we all are. And if only everybody could realize this! But it cannot be explained. There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun.

But for one brief afternoon, over 100 people sitting at a concert on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Washington Place in New York City could feel like “they [were] all walking around shining like the sun” thanks to Sr. Kathleen Deignan, Beth Bradley,Gadelica, and the Celtic Soul of Thomas Merton.

 

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