from the desk of Rosemarie Pace, PCMNY Director


January, 2019

The new year began in prayer. Pax Christi Metro New York joined other members of the Council of Lay Ecclesial Movements and Communities of the Archdiocese of New York praying with and for the U.S. Bishops who gathered at the invitation of Pope Francis for a retreat to address the U.S. clergy sex abuse crisis. We prayed that the Holy Spirit would guide the Bishops in a new direction of honesty and humility, repentance and reconciliation.

Days later, we joined with other members of the Metro New York Religious Campaign against Torture for “A Day of Action to Close Guantanamo Prison.” January 11th was the 17th anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo Prison as a place of incarceration and torture. Eleven of us stood in the bitter cold of Union Square to remind people of this American disgrace and to invite them to sign a petition that stated, “NO GUANTANAMO, NO IMPRISONMENT WITHOUT TRIAL.”  We distributed a leaflet that noted that 40 men remain imprisoned there, including 5 who were cleared for transfer, and that it costs an estimated $11 million per detainee per year to maintain the prison. The leaflet also offered action suggestions and a prayer. You can learn more and take action at

The Justice and Peace Committee of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Bayside, Queens, a PCMNY Parish for Peace, showed the film, Pope Francis, A Man of His Word, on January 24th. During the intermission, they invited PCMNY Director Rosemarie Pace to say a few words relating what Pope Francis was saying with what PCMNY does. Rosemarie pointed out that both Pope Francis and PCMNY address many different issues which have one theme in common: trying our best to live the Gospel nonviolently. Whether the topic is the environment, hunger, poverty, the dignity of work, or forgiveness and reconciliation—the foundation of Pax Christi—we are committed, as was sung in the film, “not to be indifferent to injustice.” In particular, Rosemarie noted the many different issues we address at our Good Friday Way of the Cross, all ways Jesus continues to suffer in the world today. She also mentioned some of our other events that highlight specific contemporary topics like nuclear weapons abolition and the plight of the Rohingya of Myanmar. (See the latest Featured Recent Event on our Events page.) Finally, she acknowledged that there are more issues than any one person can take on, so pick the one about which you are passionate and put your energy there.

Finally, as January drew to a close, a group of 10 PCMNY members attended a phenomenal production of The Trial of the Catonsville Nine at the Abrons Arts Center on the Lower Eastside of Manhattan. The play was written by Fr. Daniel Berrigan years ago about the trial that was a pivotal event in the rise of nonviolent resistance to the Vietnam War. Sadly, much of what was said at that time about that war and the role of the U.S. government in making war, protecting economic interests, and in attempting to silence or discredit the voices of faith, humanitarianism, and conscience have changed very little, if at all, today. The play was a real incentive to get a copy and read it in light of our current politics.


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