Mark Your Calendar



Human Rights Day/Feast of the Holy Innocents
Help us commemorate Human Rights Day and remember Holy Innocents on Thursday, December 10th, when Rosemarie Pace, Director of PCMNY, will be presenting "A Report Back from the West Bank of Occupied Palestine" based on the recent Pax Christi Pathways to Peace Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. See photos and hear stories of the Living Stones met on this heart-wrenching and heart-warming journey.  Casserly Hall, St. Joseph’s Greenwich Village Church, 7 PM. Light refreshments served. Donations welcome.

Peacemaking through the Arts
To celebrate the closing of the Merton Centenary, Kathleen Deignan, CND, Beth Bradley and her consort, Gadelica, will offer a concert to honor Thomas Merton's Celtic spirit. In word and song, this ensemble will offer selections from their new CD, "Asling" (ash-ling), a collection of sung visions and poems by Sister Kathleen - many texts drawn from the old collection called "The Carmina Gadelica" and realized in concert with an extraordinary troupe of musicians. Join us for this wonderful afternoon of song on Sunday, January 31, 2016, at 2:30 PM at Saint Joseph’ Church in Greenwich Village, New York - it just happens to be Merton's 101st birthday! Registration to come starting in December.


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

Hiroshima/Nagasaki Memorial

 August 9, 2015

by Rosemarie Pace, Director

“Today is the 70th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Nagasaki, three days after the world was introduced to the terrifying reality of nuclear weapons in Hiroshima. The victims of these bombings are still with us. The Hibakusha are a living testimony calling all of us to make the right decisions today, if we do not want to face similar situations tomorrow. Hiroshima and Nagasaki should be a reminder of the importance of ridding humanity of the risks and incalculable destruction of nuclear war.”

With these words, Archbishop BernarditoAuza, Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the Organization of American States, began his presentation on “Catholic Morality and Nuclear Abolition.” It was Pax Christi Metro New York’s largest gathering in memory for our annual Hiroshima/Nagasaki Memorial, held on August 9th, 2015 at St. Joseph’s Church in Greenwich Village.

Archbishop Auza led off with a beautiful prayer from Pope John Paul II, a prayer His Holiness prayed at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Hall in 1981, asking God to “hear my voice” as he appealed for everlasting peace throughout the world. Archbishop Auza then traced the teaching of the Catholic Church on nuclear weapons from 1943 to the present.

Yes, 1943, before the atomic bombs were ever used. Pope Pius XII had the foresight to anticipate “the violent use of nuclear energy” and to warn against “a costly relationship of mutual terror.” Pope John XXIII advanced that warning in Pacem in Terris, rejecting nuclear deterrence and calling for the complete abolition of nuclear weapons. Pope Paul VI focused on development, noting that the nuclear arms race impeded development and contributed, instead, to “the service of death.” The Fathers of the Second Vatican Council who composed GaudiumetSpes discredited the concept of “mutually-assured destruction” as a means to peace. Rather they wrote: “the arms race is an utterly treacherous trap for humanity, and one that ensnares the poor to an intolerable degree.”  Pope John Paul II allowed for deterrence only as a step toward disarmament, which he considered the ultimate and necessary goal. Pope Benedict XVI described the argument that nuclear weapons could be a basis for peace as “completely fallacious” and added “peace requires that all…strive for progressive and concerted nuclear disarmament.” Today, Pope Francis affirms all that his predecessors have said with his own call for nuclear abolition and he goes even farther in calling for an end to all war.

Why such a strong and consistent stance against nuclear weapons? First and foremost is the moral reason, but there are also several others: Nuclear weapons, because of their indiscriminate impact, are against international humanitarian law. Nuclear deterrence is not a realistic strategy against non-state, terroristforces. Investment in nuclear arsenals is extremely expensive, robbing resources from the impoverished, those needing health care, education, and all manner of programs that promote real peace and security. Finally, the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty called for non-nuclear states to remain non-nuclear while nuclear states would progressively disarm, but the nuclear states have not held up their half of the agreement, creating a very unequal and volatile imbalance of power, negating the trust on which a treaty is based and tempting non-nuclear states to abandon the Treaty as, it would seem, have the nuclear states.

In conclusion, Archbishop Auza summarized the compatibility between Catholic Morality and Nuclear Nonproliferation with six points:

·         First, …nuclear disarmament is anchored in the dignity of the human person…

·         Second, …nuclear weapons are per se inhumane and unethical…

·         Third, reciprocal terror is not the road to peace…

·         Fourth, the best and most realistic path forward is to disarm…

·         Fifth, nuclear inequality among states is a recipe for conflict, not peace.

·         Sixth, there is a development cost to nuclear production and modernization, to possession and maintenance of nuclear weapons.

During the discussion period, someone asked Archbishop Auza what we can do practically speaking to encourage nuclear abolition. Two of his answers were divest and pray.

After the talk, PCMNY’s Hiroshima/Nagasaki Memorial always includes a public witness at which we stand in silence except for the ringing of a gong the number of times equal to the number of years since the bombings. A few people also distribute a leaflet to the public with information and action suggestions. One of those suggestions is to visit the “Don’t Bank on the Bomb” website, which supports fully Archbishop Auza’s recommendation to divest from the nuclear industry. Click here for the flier with all its action suggestions and web links.

PCMNY thanks Archbishop Auza for his highly informative presentation and thanks the Catholic Church for its prophetic advocacy of nuclear abolition.



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