Mark Your Calendar


 

Human Rights/Holy Innocents Event

This year’s event will feature three short films from Brave New Films, “Home is a Human Right: A Series on Immigration.” Sr. Mary Beth Moore, SC, Assistant Coordinator of Centro Corazon de Maria on eastern Long Island, which serves the immigrant population there, and Mario Russell, Director of Catholic Charities Immigrant and Refugee Services in the Archdiocese of NY, will facilitate discussion. Date: December 10th. Time: 2:00-4:00 PM. Location: 20 Washington Square North, Greenwich Village, NY. To share this event information, click here for flier.

 



Other Scheduled Events


For dates and descriptions of additional upcoming events, click here.

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________



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.

_______________________________________________________________________

Featured Recent Event

 

Dorothy Day
Communion of Faith and Action in the Pursuit of Peace

by Rosemarie Pace

In honor of UN International Peace Day, Pax Christi Metro New York hosted Martha Hennessy, one of Dorothy Day’s grandchildren and a peace activist in her own right, and Robert Ellsberg, editor of Orbis Books, including three books on Dorothy Day, and former managing editor of Catholic Worker. Both Martha and Robert are also members of the Advisory Committee of the Dorothy Day Guild working toward her canonization. We commemorated this important day on Sunday, September 24th, in St. Joseph’s Church in Greenwich Village where Dorothy Day’s early Catholic faith developed.

Martha began the presentation by stating that we are living in a period marked by an “ecumenism of hatred.” She further referred to the “contentiousness of pacifism” in our violent culture. In most places, including in much of the Catholic Church, pacifism is not respected, supported, or even understood. Yet, she asked, what is violence? What is acceptable violence? For example, is the “antifa” practicing acceptable violence? Is it OK to punch a fascist? Do we really understand violence any better than we do pacifism?

Martha went on to speak about the spirit of the Catholic Worker, a predominantly pacifist movement, describing it in terms of Peter Maurin’s trio of cult, culture, and cultivation, the first referring to faith; the second to art, music and rejoicing (the duty of delight); and the last referring to agriculture and the sharing of bread. She pointed out that Pope Francis, when visiting the U.S., raised up four great Americans, three of whom, including Dorothy Day, were pacifists. Nevertheless, as just two examples, we have Catholic college campuses with ROTC and Fordham University hiring John Brennan, former CIA Director who was responsible for torture of our enemies. Dorothy Day might reiterate her assessment that “Christ is being crucified today.”

As Martha put it, ours is a permanent war economy. Our standard of living relies on it. The new budget includes $700 billion for the military. The U.S.A. and Russia share the largest nuclear weapons arsenal in the world by far. The U.S. has nuclear weapons in facilities across the globe, including Jeju Island, South Korea. It has also deployed two launchers of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea and wants to deploy four more against the will of the new South Korean government. The U.S. boycotted the nuclear weapons ban treaty conference at the UN earlier this year. We are aiding Saudi Arabia in its war in Yemen, blockading fuel and food, and leaving untold numbers of Yemenis to die of cholera and starvation.

Nevertheless, Martha also wanted to acknowledge some good things that are happening: There will be an International Peace Conference of Catholic Bishops of Northeast Asia later this year in South Korea. U.S. Bishop McElroy will also attend, along with some laypeople, including Martha Hennessy. The Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was approved at the UN on July 7th, and over 50 nations signed it on the first day open for signatures, September 20th. Three nations, including the Vatican, also ratified it immediately. The weekly vigil for Yemen at the southern end of Union Square is going strong and getting stronger. All are welcome to join it from 11 AM to 1 PM every Saturday. The spirit of Dorothy Day lives on in the work of Catholic Workers at Union Square, in New York City, across the U.S. and beyond.

Robert Ellsberg began his presentation admitting that he wasn’t sure how he wanted to start until he listened to the news that morning about all the controversy surrounding football players “taking a knee.” He noted the contrast between condemnation of this nonviolent action and tolerance of white supremacists’ violent action. Using this theme throughout his talk, he advocated standing for something by kneeling for something. He noted that this is what Dorothy Day did repeatedly—through civil disobedience, sitting down, standing up, speaking out, and, yes, kneeling in prayer—for farmworkers, against civil defense drills, in opposition to church services for the military on August 6th, the Feast of the Transfiguration and the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. She loved the Church and the country, but knew the difference and had her priorities. For her there was no confusion between cross and flag, faith and nation, despite the preponderance of that confusion for some. Dorothy Day was equally clear about the fallacy of Just War. Unfortunately, Ellsberg said, “Blessed are the peacemakers” has become a metaphorical peace, diminishing its meaning. His consistent message was our need to take action, to “take a knee.”

Q & A followed, touching on a variety of issues. Regarding tax resistance, the focus was on federal taxes; state and city taxes do provide some good and necessary services. Regarding racism, we see it in our militarism across the globe, in military recruitment at home, and in our economy. North Korea? We need more balanced media coverage, fewer provocative military exercises around its borders, and sincere effort to understand the other side. What to say to our Bishops? Martha responded: Promote Catholic Social Teaching. Robert referred to Archbishop Romero who united the Salvadoran Church by holding only one Mass for peace and justice for the whole country. He said that should be followed by marching, kneeling, and standing, to which Martha added seeing even bishops in handcuffs for civil disobedience. About the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, Robert recommended Just Peace as our default theory in place of Just War, and Martha cited her grandmother, stating that Just War is no longer possible with today’s weaponry. Finally, in response to the ultimate question, what to do, we were encouraged to consider the power of one, be it Dorothy Day, Franz Jaegerstaetter, or Jesus. Martha also recommended a new book by Arun Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson, The Gift of Anger.

Dorothy Day: Communion of Faith and Action in the Pursuit of Peace turned out to be a very rich afternoon as much about today and our call to faith and action as it was about Dorothy Day’s, and I suspect that’s just as she would have wanted it to be.

Martha and Robert

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Pax Christi Metro New York © 2017

  371 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY 10014 | (212)420-0250 | fax (212)420-1628 | info@nypaxchristi.org