from the desk of Rosemarie Pace, PCMNY Director


Fall, 2017

Taking a Knee at Union Square March 2017


On the 16th anniversary of the U.S. war in Afghanistan, Pax Christi Metro New York joined several other peace organizations in a solemn march from Washington Square Park to Union Square to protest our endless wars not only in Afghanistan, but also Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Korea, and elsewhere. At Union Square, we added our presence to the on-going Vigil for Yemen that takes place there every Saturday from 11 AM to 1 PM. We heard such impassioned speakers as Kathy Kelly and Carmen Trotta sharing heart-breaking stories of human suffering and resilience in circumstances that no one should have to endure. You can join the Yemen Vigil any Saturday in Union Square at 14th Street.


Days later, we were able to enjoy a much more uplifting event, The Convening of the Leadership of the Catholic Charities Federation in the Archdiocese of New York. PCMNY is a member of the Catholic Charities Federation, and we were very pleased and grateful to be part of this special celebration in the Archdiocese’s centennial year. The Convening honored several individuals and agencies doing amazing work to serve the poor, the hungry and homeless, the sick, children and the elderly, immigrants and others in need. After some delightful presentations, we shared in some delicious refreshments, all hosted by Fordham Prep in the Bronx.

Again just days later, we were guests of the Mission of the Holy See at the UN to hear Fr. Julian Carron and others address the topic, “The Other is a Good for Me: The Role of Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue in Addressing Violence, Conflict, and Building Lasting Peace in the World Today.” Fr.Carron is author of the book, Disarming Beauty, in which he emphasizes the importance of encounter and dialogue among diverse people to bring about the beauty which is a reflection of God.

The Justice and Peace Committee of Sacred Heart Church in Bayside, Queens and a PCMNY Parish for Peace presented the documentary, This Changes Everything, about climate change. The film, produced in nine countries on five continents, revealed the devastating effects of climate change on all of creation. The screening was followed by discussion with Sister Suzanne Gallagher, RSM, who is Justice Coordinator for the Mercy Mid-Atlantic Community. Such documentaries can do much to inform and motivate people to take action to preserve and protect the environment.

PCMNY promoted another documentary screening, The Sultan and the Saint, about Muslim-Christian Peacemaking. The Saint, of course, is Francis of Assisi who met with Sultan Malik al Kamil during the Crusades as an ambassador of peace in a time and place defined by extreme violence, prejudice, arrogance, and greed. The parallels to today are uncanny. You can see this film on PBS on December 26th, if you didn’t get to the presentation at NYU.

Veterans March for Peace



Members of PCMNY once again marched with Veterans for Peace in the Veterans Day Parade. With the original intent of Armistice, a celebration of the end of WWI and a dream of the end of all wars, we were energized along the way by the Granny Peace Brigade who led us in clever and powerful parodies of familiar songs opposing the military-industrial complex and calling for economic conversion to such desirable things as education, health care, and worker justice.



Finally, for now, PCMNY Director Rosemarie Pace, had the opportunity to encourage nominations for our 2018 Maloof Family Young Peacebuilder Awards at a meeting of the Archdiocesan High School Religion Chairpersons in mid-November. She presented them with materials that would help them not only with the nominations, but also with getting to know Pax Christi better.



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