On August 7th, we remember in sorrow the 77th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima (August 6th) and Nagasaki (August 9th) and we mourn the loss of life and destruction of these cities. Not only did 210,000 people die as a result of the bombing, 90% of whom were civilians, but thousands more have continued to suffer for the rest of their lives.
After more than two challenging years of Covid isolation, office relocation, and administrative changes, the hybrid (live + Zoom) Awards Reception at Xavier High School on June 11 felt like a milestone for Pax Christi Metro New York. Granted, the sound system was initially uncooperative, but eventually Sean Adcroft got the upper hand. It was heartening to actually be with people in the same room, both Pax Christi friends and guests of the honorees. Best of all, our honorees not only told us about themselves and what they have done for peace, they also told us how important Pax Christi is to them. Pierre, Sr. Mary, Brendan, and Caroline are all people who care deeply about doing for others. At the reception they showed us who they are by telling us how much they value what we do. We needed to hear that! We can now feel renewed confidence going forward. Thanks to everyone who helped to make the reception such an affirming experience.
A PCMNY member visited this exhibit in Times Square in the later part of May,2022. Everyday, as a part of this art installation, balloons that were intended to mimic a nuclear warhead were handed out at the exhibit site at 4pm daily. This is a project of Pedro Reyes with sponsorship by ICAN and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
The Feast of Pentecost has come and gone, marking the birthday of the Church, the end of the Easter season and the return to Ordinary Time. Like any other birthday, this means a new beginning, a celebration of new life, new growth, and new possibilities. And like many birthdays, it is a time of gift-giving.
On April 2, 2022 the Church of St. Francis of Assisi Church and Pax Christi Metro New York, along with SOMOS Community Care and Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of New York, will be hosting a symposium on Catholic Social Teaching – a fundamental value of the Catholic tradition. The symposium, entitled “Good News in Tough Times: Following Jesus in a Wounded Church and Divided Nation,” will be conducted in English and in Spanish. The morning will feature two keynote speakers: John Carr of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and Bishop Octavio Cisneros, emeritus auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn in New York City.
By popular request, a YouTube copy of the March 19 Retreat is posted here. Drawing on the teachings of mystics from Rumi, Dorothee Soelle, Thomas Berry and the Appalachian People’s Pastoral and then the work of artists depicting the Last Supper, the Trinity, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and Kwan Yen, to name a few. Fr. Terry Moran led us in contemplative ideas regarding peace and justice for our times.