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Human Rights/Holy Innocents

In this time and in this city where homelessness is such a serious problem, PCMNY is pleased to invite you to a book talk on Sunday afternoon, December 8th, from 2:30 to 4:30 PM at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 81 Christopher Street in Greenwich Village. The book isSacred Shelter: 13 Journeys of Homelessness and Healing. Please join us for this important conversation.

 



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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 opening and end 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


In Recognition of Peacemakers

by Katherine Santarpia

Pax Christi Metro New York was blessed on Sunday, June 2 to witness the gathering of over a hundred members and companions in honor of individuals whose tremendous accomplishments continue to forge the path towards peace. In our efforts to progress further amidst conflict, it is easy to forget to pause and reflect; the 2019 Peacemaker Awards Reception provided the opportunity to acknowledge the feats of the past, celebrate the friends of the present, and encourage faith for a just future.

For the second time, our celebration was graciously hosted in the Keenan Commons of Xavier H.S., with Butterfield Catering offering scrumptious refreshments and “Filthy Rotten System” delighting us with their musical talents.Those in attendance were able to socialize while buying chances for fabulous raffle basket prices, perusing Pax Christi items for free or for sale, and examining the awards given to this year’s Peacemakers and the essays written by the recipients of the Maloof Family Young Peacebuilder Recognition. Our individual conversations flowed into a united presence under the direction of Fr. Francis Gargani, PCMNY’s Board President; although his departure from the region will leave a distinctive void in the heart of Pax Christi Metro New York, it was not an atmosphere of sadness that permeated, but rather one of gratitude for all of the work that Fr. Francis has achieved, with members writing moving messages for him to carry to D.C. and throughout all of his peace journeys ahead. The song of praise and joy in which he led usso clearly characterizes the loving bonds of our community and beautifully mirrored the prayer then presented by Sr. Virginia Dorgan.Her calls for blessings were followed by a reflection in the form of a PowerPoint presentation on how we have already been blessed in the past year through PCMNY’s recent events; it was truly gratifying to witness how the actions of a moment merge to form a collage of peacework. A particular sense of triumph pervaded the audience in regards to the Kings Bay Plowshares, with remembrance of their activism generating a profound energy that served as an excellent transition into the climax of the afternoon – when the honorees received their awards.

Edith Newman was presented the Pax Christi Service Award by Jill Frasier, a fellow member of Pax Christi Downtown Brooklyn who thus could sincerely attest to the enormity of what Edith has done for Pax Christi and its principle of gospel nonviolence; her work on behalf of her parish and local community as well as on behalf of the global community. Striving for justice is impossible without the time and efforts of individuals such as Edith and her passion and humility guide and inspire us.

Father Ray Roden received the Fr. Richard McSorley Peacemaker Award following an introduction by Bud Courtney of the Catholic Worker. Fr. Ray utilizes his office as priest to truly connect with parishioners in meaningful ways and to bear witness to the dignity of human beings. His response to encroachments on the sanctity and manifestations of personhood, particularly in the contexts of poverty and the persecution of immigrants, demonstrates that Catholicism is about action, not merely ideology. His proclamation, as told by Bud, that “our best documents are our baptismal certificates” will ring true as long as we embody his example and enact its promises.

The Eileen Egan Peacemaker Awards were given to Anthony Donovan and Mary T. Yelenick, introduced by Margaret Flanagan and Beth Begley, respectively. Both were honored for their extraordinary work in the world at large. Anthony, when not providing our musical entertainment, is dedicated to the pursuit of disarmament and an end to nuclear weapons. He has engaged in protest, advocacy, and education, and has accordingly touched the lives of many.  Anthony’s words focused not on particular issues or struggles, but on community – community among nations, among religions, among Catholics, among all peacemakers of all backgrounds, and among each other, and our guardian angels; it is no surprise, then, that Anthony’s impact traverses societal divisions to truly encompass the whole of humanity. Mary’s accomplishments are similarly diverse and incredible; she has helped drive Pax Christi to its fullest extent through her efforts with the U.N. and her commitment to nonviolent spirituality. Mary has devoted herself to working in conjunction with various organizations and their different projects, but throughout all her vision for peace remains a shining constant. Her speech called on us to contemplate the value of each other, our successes, and the legacy of Pax Christi – having presented to each of us a paper leaf with the name of a person she recognized as a peacemaker, Mary enabled us to perceive the way to peace as a movement of individuals; her inter-personal, inter-generational approach can serve as inspiration and guidance for all of the steps that remain ahead.

After the 2019 Peacemakers were recognized and congratulated, David L. Maloof introduced the honorees of the Maloof Family Young Peacebuilder Award, which celebrates the actions of high school students that have promoted peace and fostered justice. Lucy Booth of Marymount School of New York, Luis Santiago of Xaverian High School, and Noel Vasquez of All Hallows High School all received the Certificate of Commendation for their efforts. While only Noel was able to be in attendance, his words captured what are surely mutual sentiments of appreciation for the opportunities and support with which he has been blessed and positive intentions for the future.  Daniela Pierro was the Young Peacebuilder Award recipient, and although she too was unavailable due to a service trip in Belize, her mother read, on her behalf, a beautiful and eloquent speech reflecting on the impact Daniela’s work has had on her life and how it will continue to shape her path.  Acknowledging these young people is akin to acknowledging our hope for the generation of peacemakers to come; we can rest assured that they have the vivacity and passion needed to build a better society.

As pictures were taken, raffle winners announced, and dessert trays plundered, the excitement of the afternoon began to calm. We cannot, however, state that the essence of it ever truly concluded; whether we departed with raffle baskets, leftovers, Anthony Donovan’s World Peace?, Pax Christi Metro New York’s Journal, or any combination thereof, we all contained an invigorated spirit for the year of peacemaking to come and for our contributions to it. With the knowledge of PCMNY’s upcoming schedule of events, the love of humanity within us, and the faith in God and each other to bring about peace and justice in our world, we are prepared to confront the challenges ahead until we next convene to honor the victories of the peacemakers around us.

About the Author: Katherine Santarpia is a rising sophomore at Bryn Mawr College, PA who is volunteering at the PCMNY office this summer.

 


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