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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 our streets or the violence of international conflict. 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), 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

We are privileged to have Jonathan Granoff as our speaker on Sunday, August 6th, at this annual Memorial. Mr. Granoff is president of the Global Security Institute, an attorney, author, and international advocate emphasizing the legal, ethical and spiritual dimensions of human development and security, with a specific focus on advancing the rule of law to address the threats posed by nuclear weapons. In addition to Mr. Granoff’s presentation, we’ll pray and vigil in commemoration of the 72nd anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. All will take place beginning at 2:30 PM at 20 Washington Square North, Manhattan.

 



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 2017

by Rosemarie Pace

It’s been the Year of the Woman this year at Pax Christi Metro New York (PCMNY), not because of the Women’s March in January or the Women’s March to Ban the Bomb in June, but because all of this year’s PCMNY Peacemaker Honorees and Maloof Family Young Peacebuilders were women. We didn’t intend that to be the case; it just happened.

On Sunday, June 4th, 2017, PCMNY hosted its annual Peacemaker Awards Reception. Our PCMNY Peacemakers were:

--Beth Begley, member of the Pax Christi International NGO Team at the UN, Pax Christi USA, PCMNY, and Pax Christi Maryknoll;
--Mary Anne Muller
, peace educator and long-time supporter of and activist in the peace movement here in NYC; and
--Vilma Torres
, Director of Safe Horizon’s Bronx Family Justice Center.

In addition, our Maloof Family Young Peacebuilders were:

--Cira Mancuso, a senior at School of the Holy Child in the Rye, NY;
--Margaret Griffin, a senior at Marymount School of New York; and
--Kristiana Wolfe,
a senior at The Mary Louis Academy in Jamaica, Queens.

Together they represented a wide variety of ways to be a peacemaker, which makes their recognition all the more valuable. They show how we all have the potential to make the world or our small piece of it a more peaceful place.

For example, Beth serves on Pax Christi International’s team at the UN where she’s sat on the NGO (nongovernmental organization) Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security and the Bureau of the Committee of Religious GNOs. She’s also a core member of her parish’s Justice and Peace Ministry and an affiliate member of the Maryknoll/JustFaith Partnership Committee.

Mary Anne Muller teaches Moral Theology of the Marketplace and Theology of Peace at St. John’s University. With Fr. Coman Brady, she helped make St. Vincent Ferrer parish in Brooklyn a Peace Church for many years. She is a dedicated peace activist with her local Pax Christi Ita Ford group and the Kairos Community.

Vilma Torres is a social worker who has spent 30 years serving victims of crime and abuse in New York City, guiding individuals and families through the process of rebuilding their lives after experiences of grave violence. She is a recognized expert in grief and trauma.

Cira Mancuso founded a chapter of Amnesty International at her school. The club’s focus was an imprisoned women’s rights activist in China. She also spent four weeks teaching at a school in a severely impoverished community in South Africa, providing, in her words, “attention, love, and hope.

Margaret Griffin has tutored children of immigrants, raised money for relief in Nepal after an earthquake, and advocated for victims of human trafficking. A 10-minute presentation she made to a panel of judges helped Lifeway Network, which serves victims of human sex trafficking, receive a $5,000 grant.

Kristiana Wolfe served as President of Pax Christi at The Mary Louis Academy, leading the group in numerous charitable activities from food drives to clothing drives to a 30-hour famine to a monthly peanut butter and jelly sandwich-making program. Her leadership in various forms of community outreach have helped many people ease the stress and strains of daily life.

In addition to honoring these exemplary women, the Peacemaker Reception included a wonderful slide show of PCMNY’s activities over the past year synced to David Haas’s very   appropriate hymn, “We Are Called,” which people happily joined in singing. Everyone also enjoyed delicious food, beautiful classic-guitar music by Fr. Matthew Allman, C.Ss.R., and spirited folk music by the Filthy Rotten System band, along with numerous raffle prizes, and simply delightful company.

Start thinking now about who you’d like to nominate for next year when we’ll all be eager to celebrate once again. 

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