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UN International Peace Day
In honor of this important day we will be showing the film “In Our Son’s Name” about the transformation that Phyllis and Orlando Rodriguez experienced after their son Greg died in the attacks on 9/11/01. Phyllis and Orlando will be with us to facilitate discussion. The time will be 2 PM, Sunday, September 13th, the place Casserly Hall, St. Joseph’s Greenwich Village Church.
Good Friday Way of the Cross
40-Day Fast for Christian Nonviolence
Feast of the Holy
Feast of the Holy
Peacemaking Through the Arts
Ash Wednesday Leafleting
Ash Wednesday Leafleting
Our tradition on Ash
Wednesday is to offer a Lenten Reflection to the
faithful outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Our tradition on Ash Wednesday is to offer a Lenten Reflection to the faithful outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
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.
Peacemaker Awards Reception
June 7, 2015
by RosemariePace, Director
Working against Human Trafficking, Heading an Elementary School, Offering Financial Assistance, Standing Up to Bullying, Feeding the Hungry, Marching for Life, Providing Disaster Relief, Reaching out to the Aged, Companioning a Child, Serving as a Youth Minister. What do all these have in common? At Pax Christi Metro New York (PCMNY) they are all ways to make peace. Specifically, they are all ways that the 2015 PCMNY Peacemakers and Maloof Family Young Peacebuilders help make peace in their communities and beyond throughout the year.
These may not be what everyone thinks of when they think of peacemaking or peace-building. Sr. Joan Dawber admitted just that when she accepted the Sr. Christine Mulready Peacemaker Award for her work providing safe shelter for trafficked women, fighting the practice of human trafficking, and educating the general public about human trafficking. But she added, “since then, I have had an opportunity to reflect more on peacemaking and to begin to grow in my understanding of how we together in our own particular struggles to bring justice to a world, wounded by violence and stripped of hope[italics in the original], are all about the work of peace….” Yes, peacemaking and peacebuilding encompass all that counter violence and cultivate hope. And they are within everyone’s grasp, as this year’s honorees exemplified not only in what they do, but also as male and female, adults and teens, European and Latin Americans, urbanites and suburbanites.
Besides Sr. Joan, this year PCMNY was proud to honor Maureen Blaine, Principal of St. Leo’s Elementary School in Corona, Queens where she has established the first Pax Christi elementary school imbued with a culture of respect, understanding, patience, and forgiveness; Joe Dirr and Jill Frasier, volunteer financial advisors to PCMNY; Mariah Espada, a junior at Marymount School of New York and advocate against human trafficking, volunteer at the Bowery Mission and St. John’s Soup Kitchen, and youth minister at her church and Misfit NYC; Joseph Grasso, a senior at John S. Burke Catholic High School, who has worked against bullying on the school football team and provided service through the Boy Scouts, the Goshen Ecumenical food pantry, and the March for Life; and Juan Moreno, a senior at Cristo Rey New York High School, whose service includes feeding the poor, bringing relief to Hurricane Sandy victims, working in nursing homes, and taking care of youngsters from impoverished homes.
The adult Peacemakers received an icon that each chose for its personal significance and a written tribute that affirmed their peace work as symbolized by their icon. The Maloof Family Young Peacebuilders each received a Certificate, and Mariah received a monetary award made possible by a generous donation from the Maloof Family.
Of course, one can’t have a celebration without good food, fine music, and great company. The food was catered by our favorite caterer, William Diaz. The music was provided by “Filthy Rotten System,” a delightful band of Catholic Workers and friends. And all our many guests made for great company. And we also had fun giving out wonderful raffle prizes and baskets filled with enticing gifts. Not to be forgotten was a beautiful Litany for Peace that began the afternoon, led by PCMNY Board Member and 2014 Peacemaker Fr. Nelson Belizario and members of his parish St. Simon Stock in the Bronx. The whole festive event took place in Casserly Hall at St. Joseph’s Church in Greenwich Village. It was a joy from start to finish.
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