Mark Your Calendar


 
40-Day Fast for Christian Nonviolence July 1 - August 9

Each year 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 on 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 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. Let the PCMNY office know your chosen day(s) and date(s).


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.  This year’s Memorial will feature the film, “The Ultimate Wish: Ending the Nuclear Age,” with a discussion led by co-producer, Dr. Kathleen Sullivan. It will take place on Sunday, August 3rd, starting at 2:30 PM in Casserly Hall, St. Joseph’s Greenwich Village Church. A silent procession and public vigil will follow, ending at 4:30 PM. All are invited. Free will offering encouraged.



Summer Picnic August 23

Come to Central Park behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a pot-luck picnic on Saturday, August 23rd, starting at 1:00 PM. It’s always lots of relaxed fun, good food, and great community.

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Annual Events

 

UN International Peace Day
UN International Peace Day: September 21st has been UN International Peace Day 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.  This year we celebrated Peace Day with a Peace Mass at Holy Family Church, the UN parish on E. 47th Street between First and Second Avenues.  Fr. Francis Gargani celebrated with about 40 of us, including three very welcome guests from Pax Christi in Texas and Ohio.  Sr. Doretta Cornell offered a reflection on the signs of hope for peace that may go unnoticed, but are happening all around us.  Following the Mass, we had light refreshments and a stimulating discussion on ways to foster a culture of peace, especially among the young.

Fall Assembly
The PCMNY Fall Assembly is a both an opportunity to gather members and friends together to learn the latest news of the movement in our region and to be inspired and challenged by one of our great leaders in nonviolent peacemaking.  On November 2nd, 2013 over 50 people gathered at the Convent of Mary the Queen in Yonkers to hear about PCMNY’s achievements of the past year and to help plan for the upcoming year.  They also had the privilege of sharing in the wisdom and insights of Fr. Michael Crosby, a Capuchin Franciscan, who spoke on A Franciscan’s Thoughts about Peace-Making: Making No Claims/Widening Our Circles of Care
. Consider joining us throughout the year to help us build a more peaceful world.

Feast of the Holy Innocents
In recent months, several New York City children have been killed by random gun violence.  Across the ocean in Syria, many more children have died, been injured, or become refugees.  On the Feast of the Holy Innocents, Pax Christi gathers to pray for the victims of violence, especially children.  In 2013, our remembrance took place on the feast day, December 28th, at the 12:10 Mass at St. Joseph’s Greenwich Village Church on Sixth Avenue and Washington Place.  Joyce Mennona, a volunteer with LifeWay Network, offered a brief reflection on Human Trafficking, a crime of epidemic proportions on today’s Holy Innocents.  After Mass, we learned even more from Joyce, including ways to help.

Peacemaking through the Arts
For several years now, PCMNY has been promoting peace with the help of the performing arts.  We’ve held concerts from folk to jazz.  We’ve hosted plays like In Between about being half Israeli Jew and half Palestinian Muslim and Pilgrims and Prophets of Peace about Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton.  We’ve used music and literature to pay tribute to Fr. Daniel Berrigan.  In 2014, we presented Luke Live! which was created and performed by Fr. James DiLuzio, CSP.  Luke Live! is a dramatic proclamation of the Gospel of Luke
interspersed with Song Meditations--both sacred and secular.  For Pax Christi, Fr. DiLuzio highlighted the Peace and Justice components in Luke's Gospel.  You can read more about it in our Featured Recent Event below.  If you think your parish would like to host Luke Live!, visit www.lukelive.com to learn how to do so.

Annual Retreat
Each year, PCMNY hosts a retreat to invite members and friends to take some time away to pray, grow spiritually, and be inspired to return home to do the work of peacebuilding. From February 28th to March 2nd, 2014, Sr. Kathleen Deignan, CND led us on our retreat at the St. Joseph’s Renewal Center in Brentwood, Long Island. Blending her passions, her retreat theme was "Pax Christi/Pax Terra: Thomas Merton and Thomas Berry in Dialogue on Making Peace with Earth." Fifty-one retreatants were blessed by the experience.

Ash Wednesday Leafleting
Our tradition on Ash Wednesday is to offer a Lenten Reflection to the faithful outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral. On Ash Wednesday, 2014, six PCMNY members distributed 1500 leaflets to the faithful receiving ashes. Click here to read this year’s Reflection.

Good Friday Way of the Cross
PCMNY is probably best known for its Good Friday Way of the Cross, which was its founding event. Our 32nd consecutive Good Friday Way of the Cross, commemorating Jesus' suffering in His own life and in the lives of people throughout the world today, took place on April 18th, 2014. Hundreds processed 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 were reminded that we are a Resurrection people in a Good Friday world. Plan to be with us and pray with us at our 33rd Way of the Cross on April 3rd, 2015.

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. On Sunday, June 1st, 2014, our Peacemaker Award Reception honored Sandy Hook Promise for their work against gun violence, the Carmelite Commission for Peace, Justice, and the Integrity of Creation for its ministries to people in need and for social change, and Sr. Jean Fallon, MM, for her work in support of nuclear weapons abolition and Palestinian rights. We enjoyed the beautiful music of Jeff Smith (our gifted Good Friday flutist) and friends Frank Lalley and Dorothy Valla. We feasted on hot and cold hors d'oevres, cookies, wine and soft drinks. And we "gave peace a chance" with a variety of raffles and prizes. To read more about this wonderful celebration, please see below. 

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Featured Recent Event


Peacemaker Awards Reception

by Rosemarie Pace

 

They came from Newtown, Connecticut; Westchester County; and the South Bronx, but they all shared one thing in common: a passion for Peace.

 The Hockley Family, representing Sandy Hook Promise, came to receive the Eileen Egan Peacemaker Award for their vital work to prevent the causes of gun violence and to support their heart-broken community. Nicole and Ian Hockley lost their beautiful six-year old son, and Jake Hockley lost his beloved little brother, Dylan, when a mass shooting claimed his life and that of 19 classmates and 6 educators in December, 2012. But they didn’t allow their grief to embitter them. Rather, they joined with so many other families, first and foremost in Newtown, but also across the country, to make a Promise, a promise to transform our land into a safer and saner place for children and all people. Sandy Hook Promise, in a very short time, has made strides to research and implement sensible solutions to the gun violence that plagues our society. Putting our shared love of children first, they have risen above the battle between gun control and gun rights. Employing education, dialogue, parent empowerment, legislative action, support for mental wellness and family assistance, they have demonstrated the power of nonviolence to achieve their goals.

 Maryknoll Sister Jean Fallon came to receive the Sr. Christine Mulready Peacemaker Award. She brought with her a legacy of peace work from Japan to Palestine to the United States to the United Nations. Sr. Jean introduced American Catholics to the impact of world poverty on people across the globe. She participated in the National Catholic Council for Justice and Peace and programs of the Association of Major Superiors of Women in Tokyo focused on injustices in Asia. She served on the Peace and Nuclear Issues Committee of the National Council of Churches, Japan and represented her Maryknoll congregation at the U.N. She also spent significant time accompanying the people of Hebron, Palestine as a member of Christian Peacemaker Teams. Sr. Jean continues to speak out for the abolition of nuclear weapons, nuclear energy, and Palestinian rights. Another example of nonviolence, her voice is soft, but her witness is mighty.

 Carmelite Father Nelson Belizario came to receive the Fr. Richard McSorley Peacemaker Award on behalf of the Carmelite Commission for Peace, Justice, and the Integrity of Creation (PJIC). Pastor of St. Simon Stock Parish in the South Bronx, Fr. Nelson is a member of the Commission that enables many diverse ministries to serve the poor and to influence social change to alleviate the plight of the poor. Among other projects, PJIC has hosted speakers on immigration reform in Arizona, climate control in San Francisco, and human trafficking. It has advocated gun control in Chicago and refugee services in Canada. It has financed service learning opportunities in Carmelite high schools, religious education training in parishes, human rights in Mexico, a religious center in Zimbabwe, a prison ministry in Niagara Falls, community organizing, and food pantries. Right here at home, it made possible an outreach program for members of the St. Simon Stock youth group that incorporated games, exercise, trips to the Cloisters Art Museum, discussion of films, and daily prayer, and, separately, made available a safe place to play for all the younger children of the neighborhood. In short, PJIC repeatedly gives life to the words of Pope Paul VI: “If you want peace, work for justice.”

Although she received her award separately and back in March, Shayla Machado also came—from Brooklyn. Shayla received the very first Maloof Family Young Peacebuilder Award for her impressive and varied peacemaking efforts. You can read more about the Award on our Program page and you can read about Shayla’s work in the Spring, 2014 issue of Kerux at this website. (You may also wish to check out the wonderful interview Sr. Camille D'Arienzo did with one of PCMNY's Young Peacebuilder's in NCR: http:ncronline.org/blogs/conversations-sr-camille/student-brings-peace-building-skills-her-many-talents.)

 All these wonderful people came together at PCMNY’s Peacemaker Awards Reception on Sunday, June 1st, at St. Joseph’s Casserly Hall in Greenwich Village. And not only were there all the usual party elements—beautiful music, delicious food, great prizes, a commemorative journal, and excellent speeches from our award recipients that you can download by clicking here—the Hall was also decorated with the art work of some very talented young people from Long Island, expressing their dream of a world free of gun violence. It was a grand celebration of a glorious cause: Peace!


Children's Artwork


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