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Ash Wednesday

Our tradition on Ash Wednesday is to offer a Lenten Reflection to the faithful outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Join us on March 6th, 2019 at noon to help spread our message of peace and reconciliation.

Annual Retreat

Be sure to hold the weekend of March 8-10 for our annual retreat. We’ll be returning to the Maryknoll Sisters Center where Sr. Anne McCarthy, OSB, will help us grow in the Spirituality of Nonviolence. Click here for the 2019 Retreat Brochure.

 



Other Scheduled Events


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


Human Rights in Crisis

The Plight of the Rohingya, Kachin, and Others

by Rosemarie Pace

As has become our custom, in observance of Human Rights Day and with recognition of the Feast of the Holy Innocents, Pax Christi Metro New York hosted a presentation on “Human Rights in Crisis” on Sunday afternoon, December 9th, 2018 at Xavier High School in Manhattan. With acknowledgement of human rights for all people, this presentation focused on the plight of the Rohingya of Myanmar. Our speakers were Adem Carroll, Director of UN Relations for the Burma Task Force, and MohiuddinYusom, President of the World Rohingya Organization.

We framed the afternoon with prayer, opening with an adaptation of “Prayer for Rohingya Crisis” and closing by singing “Prayer of St. Francis,” also known as “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace.”

Adem then introduced the day and his topic with a very moving, brief video which you can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSkRj2WzmS4. He continued with a very informative PowerPoint slide show that reviewed some of the history of the Rohingya presence in Myanmar (or Burma) and the causes and impacts of the genocide that the Rohingya have been experiencing for years, but most especially since August, 2017.

Adem identified the key reasons people become refugees as war, other forms of violence, and climate change. Currently there are 68 million refugees worldwide and that number is on the rise. In the U.S. there is particular opposition to Muslim refugees, and the vast majority of Rohingya are Muslim.

Overall, Myanmar has 135 ethnic groups and 170 languages, the Rohingya being just one, but the one rendered stateless and stripped of citizenship despite being in Myanmar for centuries and despite being nonviolent. In contrast, the Kachin people, another ethnic group in Myanmar under attack, have their own military force.

The revocation of citizenship of the Rohingya began in the 1980s and expanded to denial of such rights as interfaith marriage and voting. Between 2016 and 2017, these denials escalated into genocidal violence. By September, 2017, 75% of Rohingya villages were burned. Rape was epidemic. The military government, predominantly Buddhist, considers the Rohingya aliens with no right to live in Myanmar. They have prevented access to the North Rakhine State the primary home of the Rohingya. Journalists have been arrested. Mass graves and unknown deaths go unreported or underreported. The overriding attempt is to erase the Rohingya from Myanmar. Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and current government leader, is nothing more than a puppet of the military regime who refuses to admit to any foul play.

Meanwhile, the military government has strong ties to China. They, along with many other countries (excluding the U.S.), are profiting off the genocide of the Rohingya. No surprise, therefore, that while 142 UN member nations have voted to support Rohingya rights, China and Russia, members of the Security Council, consistently block support. The Special Rapporteur to Burma is banned from the country. She and others, including Pope Francis when he visited in late 2017, have avoided using the word Rohingya to play it safe. Pope Francis was advised by the Catholic Cardinal there in this regard, though he did say it after he left Myanmar, and Cardinal Bo has spoken out on behalf of the Kachin, who are Christian, the poor, and the oppressed when he was in South Korea in June, 2018.

What the Rohingya need is a true repatriation deal. What they’ve been offered guarantees no safety, no rights, and proposed IDP (internally displaced persons) camps located on Bangladesh Island which is subject to flooding. The proposition is actually illegal internationally.

After Adem spoke, Mohiuddin added some more personal testimony. While I have used the word genocide to describe what has been happening to the Rohingya, Mohiuddin told us that only Canada is officially calling it such. There is total denial in Burma, including denial of mass rapes, fires, and deaths. Refugee camps can be as close a one mile from home, but the Rohingya have no access to their homes. Children are killed “before they grow up to become enemy-insurgents.” People of all ages are terrorized by military might against their own measly sticks and stones. It is an intentional to wipe out the Rohingya who simply want recognition as Rohingya and citizenship.

So what can we do?

Shortly after our presentation, there was an important vote in the U.S. House of Representatives, which you can read about here:

https://ajws.org/press-releases/ajws-statement-on-the-genocide-of-the-rohingya/. Our support of legislation on behalf of the Rohingya is one very valuable thing we can do.

Where to go to get the necessary information?

Visit the website of the World Rohingya Organization: https://www.wro-info.com/?fbclid=IwAR1VfGJwi_rO7DGkWpBe-DGWCQLdoXCSUUrUFz0dXm5otq4CLBiGQ_xO4S0

And visit www.BurmaTaskForce.org for still more information and action suggestions.

To learn more about the Kachin, click this link.

https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=24007&LangID=E

Special thanks to Adem, Mohiuddin, and Xavier High School for making this event possible and enlightening.

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