Mark Your Calendar


 
 

Ash Wednesday Leafletting
We’ll be leafletting outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Ash Wednesday, February 10th, at noon with a reflection on Pope Francis’s Lenten Message on Mercy. Help us spread the Word to the faithful as Lent begins.

Annual Retreat
Join us from February 26th to the 28th for our 2016 retreat on the theme of “The Quest for World Peace Begins Within,” at St. Joseph’s Renewal Center in Brentwood, Long Island. Dave and Carol Powell, noted authors (look for them in The Tablet, America, and Emmanuel periodicals) and religious educators, will be facilitating the weekend. Carol is also a spiritual director and guide to centering prayer. For further details see the brochure. Deadline to register is February 15th.

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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


Walking in the Footsteps of Palestine’s Living Stones:

Remembering God’s Holy Innocents

based on the Pax Christi Pathways to Peace Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

by Rosemarie Pace, Director

On Human Rights Day, December 10th, Pax Christi Metro New York hosted a presentation on the Living Stones of Palestine who struggle to live in their own homeland denied many basic human rights under the illegal occupation by the state of Israel. As I reported in a Kerux Live! article after my pilgrimage to the Holy Land for Pax Christi International’s 70th anniversary last May, these Living Stones exemplify faith, hope, and courage in the midst of oppression and violence. What this presentation provided that the Kerux Live! article could not were photos of the many amazing Palestinian and Israeli people who strive each day to overcome the injustices and to establish a land that is ruled by mutual respect, trust, and equality of rights and opportunities for everyone, Muslim, Christian, and Jew alike. I also added a few more stories of some of the Living Stones not mentioned before. For example, there were the members of the Bethlehem Women’s Chorus who sang “Blowin’ in the Wind,” and left me feeling that that song will never be the same for me again. The lyrics take on such profound meaning when they are sung by people living the questions the song asks right here and now. And there were the young dancers who performed with such joy and vigor, but whose dance school had been closed for a couple of years with an uncertainty that it would ever re-open because Israelis destroyed their instruments and costumes during the Intifada. And then there were the two men who just happened by in Manger Square when we Pax Christi Conference attendees held a candle-light vigil to commemorate Nakba, the anniversary of the “catastrophe” (the meaning of nakba) when Palestinians lost their homes and villages to the state of Israel. These men emotionally expressed their deep gratitude for our presence, our prayers, and our shared desire for peace.

Enriching the program were the attendees who had also been to the Holy Land and could tell some of their own experiences and insights. Contributing to the evening, as well, were the comments, questions and answers that raised additional points and clarified any misperceptions. We prayed prayers from Muslim, Jewish, and Catholic sources; enjoyed some light refreshments while continuing the conversation; and browsed through some beautiful olive wood and mother-of-pearl items direct from an artisan in Bethlehem. Many purchased small nativity sets, ornaments, rosaries, crosses, pendants and more.

If you would like to host the slide-show presentation of the Living Stones Pilgrimage, contact the PCMNY office. Gifts from Bethlehem may also still be available, so feel free to ask.

 

Some of the Living Stones Artists who bring hope, joy and inspiration to a troubled nation.

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