Mark Your Calendar


 

Ash Wednesday, 2018

Our tradition on Ash Wednesday is to offer a Lenten Reflection to the faithful outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Join us on February 14th at noon for our 2018 witness.

 

Retreat, 2018

Plan to join us at the Maryknoll Sisters Center from March 2nd to 4th when Mary Anne Muller will be our retreat leader. Mary Anne is one of our 2017 Peacemaker Honorees, a staunch advocate and teacher of peace and justice with expertise in scripture, especially the Book of Isaiah. You will surely be inspired. Click here for a brochure.

 

 



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

 

PCMNY 2017 Fall Assembly
Choosing Gospel Nonviolence in a Time of Terror and Turmoil

by Rosemarie Pace and noteworthy contributions from Margaret Flanagan

 

For the second year in a row, Pax Christi Metro New York was pleased to hold its Fall Assembly at Manhattan College courtesy of the generous hosting of Dr. Kevin Ahern, Director of Peace Studies at the College. Manhattan College (MC) and Pax Christi USA (PCUSA) have a very significant relationship because PCUSA began at MC. Dr. Joseph Fahey began Peace Studies there and invited Bishop Gumbleton, Eileen Egan, Dorothy Day and 35 more from around the country to establish PCUSA. It all happened May 14 and 15, 1975 at Jasper Lounge.

As has become our custom, we began the morning with light refreshments including delicious muffins, coffee, tea, and juices provided by our Board President and Hospitality King, Fr. Francis Gargani. We then settled down with an opening prayer and an opportunity to Vision for PCMNY. About 40 of us, working in small groups, reflected on what we are grateful for, what our dreams and visions for PCMNY are, and how can we implement those visions, practically and realistically.

Among the things for which we are grateful, joy, hope, faith, community, knowledge of the issues, commitment to action, and openness to new ideas and new people stood out. A key word to express our dreams and visions was “MORE”: more people, more money, more resources, more education at more levels (elementary to adult), more conflict resolution, more emphasis on climate change, more networking, and more alliances. To make the dreams a reality, recommendations included communicating and working more closely with parishes; connecting with college religious studies programs, as well as partner organizations working on the environment, racism, and war; using social media more effectively; creating videos featuring members and their good works for peace; and narrowing our focus to one or two issues such as nuclear weapons/war, and climate change

After our visioning session, we heard a brief business report from Board member John Kemp, who gave an overview of our financial status and some of our development efforts. John encouraged everyone to do his or her part to bring Pax Christi to their places of work and worship.

Presentation of Manhattan College StudentsDuring a tasty lunch catered by Manhattan College’s food service, students from the current Peace Studies program presented projects they’ve been working on regarding some of the underreported crises of our times. Using large, glossy posters, they addressed territorial disputes in the South China Sea, the Central African Republic, the Rohingya in Myanmar, the Mexican Drug War, the conflicts in Yemen and between Ukraine and Russia, and the crisis facing American DREAMERS. We also heard a heartfelt invitation from Dr. Betty Reardon, renowned retired peace educator from Teachers College and Fall Assembly participant, to establish sister relationships between our local parishes and parishes in Puerto Rico to fill in the gap left by totally inadequate support from the U.S. government after Hurricane Maria. (If you’d like to learn how you can help, contact the PCMNY office.)

After lunch, our Director, Rosemarie Pace, introduced our speakers who addressed the topic of the day, Choosing Gospel Nonviolence in a Time of Terror and Turmoil.

First to speak was Robert Brimlow, philosophy professor at St. John Fischer College in Rochester, NY and author of What About Hitler? Wrestling with Jesus’s Call to Nonviolence in an evil World.With the Just War Theory displayed on a screen behind him, Dr. Brimlow quickly and efficiently eviscerated it in two steps. The first raised questions and exposed the contradictions between the theory and reality. The logic is simply lacking to defend the theory. We cannot claim to protect the innocent by killing them (or allowing them to be killed). If a just war is possible, Dr. Brimlow couldn’t tell us what that would be. His second argument was both more fundamental and more spiritual: Just War Theory is simply wrong in light of the Gospel. We have failed to avoid war because the Church has not formed us in the nonviolence of Jesus. We are called to be children of God serving the children of God, which means everyone. We are called to be faithful, loving, caring, forgiving. We must be prayerful disciples who work together to achieve all these things. The fact that we have not stopped war and genocide is because we have not lived according to the Gospel. And even if war and genocide were to continue to happen, we continue to be called to nonviolent discipleship. There is no compromise in this. You can read Dr. Brimlow’s full presentation by

. Also highly recommended is his book.

Judy Coode, our second speaker and Coordinator of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative,began her presentation with a brief history of the founding of Pax Christi in France at the end of WWII. Thereafter, she focused her talk on the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative which grew out of the April 2016 Conference on Nonviolence held in Rome and hosted by the then Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace at the Vatican (now the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development) and Pax Christi International. The Conference gathered together 80 thinkers, theologians, vowed religious, and lay people, with an emphasis on the global south and people living in violence. The outcome of the Conference was a document,“An Appeal to the Catholic Church to recommit to the centrality of Gospel Nonviolence.” In effect, it is a call to establish a Just Peace Theory that precludes Just War Theory.

Judy went on to update us on the Initiative: Pope Francis grounded much of his 2017 Peace Message in the Appeal. As of October 2017, 2300 organizations and individuals have endorsed the Appeal, and it continues to gain momentum with a website,www.nonviolencejustpeace.net, containing numerous, useful resources for a broad range of people and purposes. In 2019, five roundtable groups are already planned to discuss the topics of foundational theology, Biblical foundation, nonviolence and just peace, integrating Gospel nonviolence into the life of the Church, and the power of active nonviolence, all in hopes and anticipation of a Papal encyclical on nonviolence.

After both presentations, there was time for questions and answers which reflected just how thought-provoking the afternoon was. One of the concluding thoughts was that we need to start with kids in school, give them choices, and work with them to train in nonviolence. All in all, as one person wrote in her evaluation, “This was a great Fall meeting.”

 

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Pax Christi Metro New York © 2017

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