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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 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. Please sign up to fast with us by contacting the PCMNY office.

 

Hiroshima/Nagasaki Memorial

On Sunday, August 5th, at 5 PM, we’ll be gathering by the Washington Square Arch on the north side of Washington Square Park for our annual commemoration of the atomic bombings of 1945 and solemn vigil for nuclear weapons abolition today. Then we’ll be joining with Rev. T. K. Nakagaki at Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, at 5:30 PM for an interfaith memorial of prayer, music, andtalks, including one from our own Sister Jean Fallon, MM who spent over 30 years in ministry in Japan and who has worked passionately to end the scourge of nuclear weapons.

 



Other Scheduled Events


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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.

Human Rights Day/Holy Innocents
Each year, Pax Christi Metro New York remembers victims of violence, especially children, in honor of Human Rights Day and 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


Celebrating Peacemakers 2018

 by Rosemarie Pace

Sunday, June 3rd, brought well over 100 people to a new site for Pax Christi Metro New York’s (PCMNY) annual Peacemaker Awards Reception. This year we were gifted with the generosity of Xavier High School President Jack Raslowsky and held our celebration in the attractive and modern Keenan Commons on the third floor of XavierH.S. There we enjoyed delicious refreshments provided by Butterfield Catering; spirited music by the band, “Filthy Rotten System”; a spirited Power Point slideshow of PCMNY’s past year that paid tribute to a remarkable range of activities incorporating prayer, study, and action; gift baskets and raffle prizes that sent many people home especially happy; a beautiful “Prayer for Disarming Our World” composed and led by Maryknoll Sister Jean Fallon; and, of course, presentations by our honorees and their introducers. In addition, all in attendance received a commemorative Journal filled with lots of good information about this year’s Peacemakers; Maloof Family Young Peacebuilders; PCMNY’s year in review; upcoming events; and congratulatory messages from families, friends, and an array of other supporters.

Fr. Francis Gargani, C.Ss.R., PCMNY’s Board President warmly welcomed everyone and introduced our first award recipients, Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary Sisters Virginia Dorgan and Kathleen Kanet. Each recipient chooses his or her own icon for his or her award. Srs. Virginia and Kathleen chose “Called to One Table” by Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS. This icon reflected Jinny and Kathleen’s work at the Network for Peace through Dialogue which brought many diverse people and perspectives together at one table, sometimes literally and always figuratively. In receiving the award, Sr. Kathleen expressed her admiration for Pax Christi and stated, “I am so grateful for my life, for all those who have gone before me as forbearers and teachers, and I have great hope in the future, in our young people although that hope continues to be threatened by what we see day to day in the news and media. Ultimately I am grateful!” Sr. Virginia reiterated Kathleen’s gratitude and then invited everyone to share in the reading of the “Dialogue Practices” which she distributed among the crowd. The Practices include:

Listen for Understanding.
Speak from your heart as well as your mind…
Suspend judgment…
Hold space for differences…
Remain open to all outcomes.
Slow down…

Mary Yelenick, a member of the Pax Christi International NGO Delegation at the United Nations, introduced the next Peacemaker honorees, all Plowshare Activists: Dominican Sisters Ardeth Platte and Carol Gilbert, Holy Child of Jesus Sister Megan Rice, Michael Walli, and Greg Boertje-Obed. Only Srs. Ardeth and Carol and Michael Walli were able to attend, but the others were with us in spirit. Mary’s introduction was very much a lesson in Plowshare Action, explaining to any newcomers what it means and what it takes to be a Plowshare activist. She described the specific actions of our five Plowshare award recipients, and she spoke of their impact on the approval of the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons at the UN last year. She also recognized the latest Plowshare activists at Kings Bay, Georgia this past April 4th. She ended her introduction by welcoming these courageous peacemakers to a rousing chorus of “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Needless to say, everyone joined in.

Srs. Carol and Ardeth received an icon of Thea Bowman and Dorothy Day, which highlighted their shared love of life and people, their conquest of fear, and their sense of joy. Carol accepted their award humbly in the name of all plowshares activists and all who helped bring the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons into being. She quoted Dan Berrigan when giving a graduation commencement address: “Know where you stand and stand there.” With that, he left the stage. Carol continued, “Well, my brothers and sisters, we know where we stand and we stand there. We stand there with the help of each other, with community and we pray we will have the courage to continue to stand.” Ardeth came to the lectern with a tote bad that clearly stated “BAN NUCLEAR WEAPONS.” She and Carol then joined in song, complete with hand gestures:

Sacred the land, sacred the water, sacred the sky holy and true.
Sacred all life, sacred each other, all reflect God who is good.

With that, they both sat down.

Michael Walli is a Catholic Worker, as well as a plowshare activist, and has served as a prisoner of conscience multiple times like Martin Luther King, Jr., his chosen icon. Michael reminded us that June 3rd, the day of our ceremony, was the 55th anniversary of Saint Pope John XXIII’s death, Pope John who gave us the peace encyclical Pacem in Terris. Michael also provided a brief outline of the many political and religious leaders who have condemned nuclear weapons over the decades. He concluded with these words: “We who are of the incarnational faith of Jesus must do the peacemaking that He recommended and accept the peace that He offered. The ongoing United Nations efforts to ban all nuclear weapons are consistent with the teaching of the Church.”

After these memorable speeches, David L. Maloof stepped up to present the Maloof Family Young Peacebuilder Awards to Grace Aulisa of Bishop Kearney H.S. in Brooklyn, Brigit Lapolla of Marymount Upper School in Manhattan, and Juliet Kulusic of Holy Child Upper School in Rye, NY. Grace has practiced her peacebuilding through her role as a Girl Scout. Brigit has dedicated herself to GiGi’s Playhouse, which serves the Down Syndrome community. (Brigit’s brother has Down Syndrome and is her inspiration. She was unable to be present, but her brother and mother received her award on her behalf.) Juliet is an activist who has participated in marches and rallies for various human and civil rights and who has been an outspoken advocate for woman, people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, and religious diversity in her own school. All three young women were nominated by faculty or administrators in their schools and composed essays in which they related their activities to PCMNY values. PCMNY is most grateful to the Maloof Family for enabling us to recognize and encourage such commendable young people.

Summing this all up, I offer a poem written by one of our attendees, Mary Jane Lilly. We hope to see you at next year’s celebration!

Alleluia
To those of you
With incredible courage
Great hope
Patience
The willingness to live
Interrupted lives.
Those of us with more
Pedestrian gifts
Offer you
A plate of food
A glass of wine
A little music
A circle of love,
Community, and prayer
To send you forth.
Alleluia.


 

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