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ON THE LINE: November edition features retreats, trials, vigils and more!

Compiled by Johnny Zokovitch

Each month, “On The Line” features news items and announcements from around the nation featuring Pax Christi members, local groups, regions and partners. These are gleaned from articles in local newspapers, websites, magazines, and elsewhere.

PAX CHRISTI MICHIGAN HOLDS 19TH ANNUAL STATE RETREAT: (by Carol Jachim) “As Pax Christi people we stand for peace and nonviolence. Simplistically, against war and weapons. Yet, there are different levels of violence besides use and manufacture of guns and other weapons to denounce, that perhaps one hasn’t thought about. Pollution is one form of violence and the damage it does to our earth’s waters – lakes, oceans, streams, rivers, etc., besides the water used for drinking, bathing and  recreation. The 19th Annual PC-Michigan Retreat focused on refreshing oneself … and that we did with the presence of wonderful people who truly care about each other, about promoting peace and nonviolence, and demonstrating a commitment to nonviolent ways in our lives.”… Read more at http://paxchristimi.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/19th-annual-pax-christi-michigan-retreat-october-18-20-2013/

Pax Christi Tallahassee members gather in front of the Florida Governor’s mansion to pray during an execution.

Pax Christi Tallahassee (FL) members gather in front of the Florida Governor’s mansion to pray during an execution.

PAX CHRISTI MASSACHUSETTS WRITES CARDINAL ABOUT MILITARY ARCHDIOCESE COLLECTION: “We, as members of Pax Christi MA, are writing to you today because of the distress we feel after hearing of the ‘Collection for the Archdiocese for the Military Services’ scheduled this coming weekend, prior to Veterans Day. Our understanding is that the Boston Archdiocese will not participate in this initial collection, and for that we are grateful. We hope that it indicates a desire to reflect on the implications of such an endeavor. However, the greater issue beyond this particular collection concerns what appears to be the militarization of the Catholic Christian conscience through the oxymoronic conflation of Christian and nationalistic values. Beginning with the poster intended to promote the collection, of young men in battle dress gathered in front of the Eucharistic table presided over by a military chaplain, we are led to believe that there is no inherent contradiction between the celebration of the Eucharist and what these young people may be called on to do, perhaps only minutes after the completion of the mass. (Note that a helicopter hovers nearby, suggesting urgency).”… For a copy of the entire letter, contact Pat Ferrone at patferrone@rcn.com.

Pax Christi International Co-President meets with Pope Francis in October at the Vatican.

Pax Christi International Co-President Marie Dennis meets with Pope Francis in October at the Vatican.

PAX CHRISTI MAINE ASKS POST TO RENOUNCE THE DOCTRINE OF DISCOVERY: (From the Bangor Daily News) “Pax Christi Maine on Sunday passed a resolution urging the group’s national and international organization to call on Pope Francis to renounce the Doctrine of Discovery. Last year, the World Council of Churches endorsed a similar resolution that began with the Episcopal Diocese of Maine. In March, the Onondaga Nation called on the pope to renounce the doctrine. The Doctrine of Discovery was used to justify the subjugation of aboriginal people in the Americas and the dispossession of their lands by European sovereigns all over the world, Marilyn Roper, a member of the Houlton chapter of Pax Christi, said Thursday. Pax Christi Maine ‘renounces the Doctrine of Discovery formulated in the papal bulls of the 15th century which legitimized the subjugation by Christian, European monarchs of indigenous peoples in North American and other parts of the glove, and the usurpation of their lands on the basis of their being non-Christian and ‘barbarous.’”… Read more at http://bangordailynews.com/2013/10/31/religion/pax-christi-maine-asks-pope-francis-to-renounces-doctrine-of-discovery/

Blue Water Pax Christi will be putting up this billboard for the Christmas season. If you’re interested in doing the same in your community and want to know how, contact Michael McCarthy at mccpax@comcast.net.

Blue Water Pax Christi (MI) will be putting up this billboard for the Christmas season. If you’re interested in doing the same in your community and want to know how, contact Michael McCarthy at mccpax@comcast.net.

PAX CHRISTI PHOENIX (AZ) WITNESSES FOR ABOLITION OF DEATH PENALTY: (From Margaret McChesney) “Arizonans allowed the State to execute two men in the month of October. On the 9th, Edward Schad was killed for the murder of Lorimar Groves in 1978. Mr. Schad, 71 at the time of his death, was the oldest person on Arizona’s Death Row and its 2nd longest resident, having spent 33 years awaiting death. On October 23rd, Robert Jones was killed for the murder of 6 persons, which occurred during two different robberies in the summer of 1996. Pax Christi-Phoenix members attend the Clemency Hearing for each person scheduled for execution. A vigil is held on the eve of each execution where prayers are offered for the victims and their loved ones, the person accused of the crime and their family/friends, and for all participants in the execution process (attorneys, judges, juries, clemency boards, wardens, guards, clinicians). On the day and time of execution, members witness for abolition of the death penalty at the entrance to the prison. Those members, and other people from the community, who cannot make it to Florence, pause to offer their prayers in unity with all concerned on the morning of the execution. In December, PC-Phoenix will partner with the Franciscan Renewal Center in showing the film ‘Unlikely Friends: Total Strangers, Brutal Crimes’ – which documents victims of brutal crimes who, through forgiveness, unexpectedly become friends with their perpetrators (see:  http://www.chancefilmsinc.com/our-films/unlikely-friends). PC-Phoenix meets monthly at the Franciscan Renewal Center.” For more information, please contact Margaret McChesney, marventura1@aol.com.

PC-Phoenix members in front of the State Capitol during an execution.

PC-Phoenix members in front of the State Capitol during an execution.

GROUND THE DRONES DEFENDANTS FOUND NOT GUILTY! (from Waging Nonviolence) “A crowd of over 50 people in New York’s DeWitt Town Court broke out into cheers at 10 p.m. yesterday when Judge Robert Jokl issued a not guilty verdict for five members of the Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars. The five pro se defendants — including Ellen Grady, Bill Streit (PCUSA member), Carmen Trotta, Fr. Bill Pickard (PCUSA member) and Linda Latendre — were on trial for disorderly conduct, stemming from a symbolic blockade of the National Guard 174th Attack Wing at Hancock Airfield in Syracuse, N.Y., earlier this year. The defendants’ action took place on February 13, 2013 — Ash Wednesday — when together they stood in the driveway to the air base holding signs that described drone activities and the murdering of children around the globe. During the action, Latendre read a statement that said, ‘We come to Hancock Airfield this Ash Wednesday to repent for the actions of our government and to ask God’s forgiveness and the forgiveness of the people we daily terrorize with these drones.’” Read more at http://wagingnonviolence.org/2013/10/ground-drones-members-found-guilty/

Upcoming or Ongoing Events:    

Nov. 17 – United Prayers for World Peace, with Pax Christi Memphis, 4-6pm, Memphis, TN. Contact Janice Vanderahaar at gvanderh@earthlink.net for more info.

Nov. 17 – Pax Christi Metro DC-Baltimore’s Peacemaker of the Year Mass and Award Dinner, honoring Michael Walli with former PCUSA Executive Director Dave Robinson as keynote speaker. For more information: http://www.paxchristimetrodc.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/2013-poy-flyer.pdf

Nov. 23 – A Faithful Budget: Creating a Federal Budget that puts “the least of these” first, 1:30 pm at First United Church of Oak Park, 848 Lake Street, 60301. Co-sponsored by Pax Christi Illinois. For more information, contact Nancy Oetter at 630-904-3859 or nloetter@comcast.net.  


Tiffin Area Pax Christi (OH) sponsored a talk by PCUSA Teacher of Peace Kathy KellyPax Christi Southeastern South Dakota held a “Take Back the Site” vigil following the death of Minnesota Viking’s star Adrian Peterson’s son in October … Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace Tom Cordaro writes on “The Lord Hears the Cry of the Poor”Pax Christi Caspar (WY) hosts a monthly film series, “Matters in Question” … Read Pax Christi Pacific NW member Fr. Bill Bichsel SJ’s article on his trip to Jeju Island … Pax Christi Santa Fe member Bud Ryan had a comment published on the NY Times website this past summer … Pax Christi International’s November 2013 newsletter is online … See more local and regional updates in the Summer 2013 edition of The Peace Current

ON THE LINE: April edition features Good Friday Way of the Cross stories and more

Compiled by Johnny Zokovitch

Each month, “On The Line” features news items and announcements from around the nation featuring Pax Christi members, local groups, regions and partners. These are gleaned from articles in local newspapers, websites, magazines, and elsewhere. 

PC-Metro NY Way of the Cross

Pax Christi Metro New York's Cross Banner during the Good Friday Way of the Cross

COMMONWEAL FEATURES PAX CHRISTI METRO NY STATIONS:Pax Christi Metro New York has now held a Good Friday Way of the Cross across 42nd Street and through Times Square for 30 years in a row. One of this year’s more striking meditations came from students at the Christo Rey High School in East Harlem who spoke at the fifth station – Simon of Cyrene is forced to help carry the cross — about bullying. ‘Like Simon, we are called to help carry the cross of those who are bullied,’ as one student said. But as the students pointed out, bullying is too often condoned by inaction – and then those who condone it are surprised when the victim does not want to become a Facebook ‘friend.’ Read the entire post here: http://www.commonwealmagazine.org/blog/?p=18345

MOHAWK VALLEY PAX CHRISTI STATIONS FEATURED ON YNN: “The Good Friday tradition of the Outdoor Living Stations of the Cross continued in Utica. The walk, organized by the group Mohawk Valley Pax Christi, included 15 stops at various charities, churches and social organizations as community members wound their way through the city. At each stop, they read a Bible passage about Jesus’ journey to the cross. Then different members delivered short sermons of how the lesson applies to modern issues. ‘There will be 15 stops along the way, and we always end in a circle of hope because we believe we have to have courage and hope to continue this important work,’ said organizer Jane Domingue.” Click here to see video of the stations: http://centralny.ynn.com/content/all_news/579685/outdoor-living-stations-of-the-cross-in-utica/

STATE JOURNAL REGISTER HIGHLIGHTS PC-SPRINGFIELD (IL) STATIONS: “Since 1984, a Springfield group has used Good Friday as an occasion to call attention to injustices in our society, and this year was no different. ‘We’re not going to change the world today,’ said Diane Lopez Hughes of Pax Christi Springfield, one of the organizers of the Way of the Cross. ‘But Good Friday is an important time to remember how our faith often calls us to speak for peace and justice. Our greatest example of that is the life and death of Christ,’ she said.” Read the entire article here: http://www.sj-r.com/top-stories/x1607842335/Good-Friday-walk-calls-attention-to-injustice

PAX CHRISTI GREENSBURG (PA) CO-SPONSORS DRONE TOUR: Government Security News’ website featured an article on the Know Drones Tour, co-sponsored by PC-Greensburg (PA): “As the Federal Aviation Administration takes initial steps to authorize the use of unmanned drones in U.S. airspace for surveillance, law enforcement and commercial purposes, opposition to such uses of drones is beginning to take shape. The 2012 Know Drones Tour, a public education campaign focusing on legal, ethical and civil liberties concerns raised by the surge in drone warfare and drone surveillance, will begin in Brooklyn, NY, on April 12, with sidewalk displays of large-scale replicas of the MQ-9 Reaper drone, the workhorse of drone warfare, say tour organizers.” Read more here: http://www.gsnmagazine.com/node/26052?c=video_surveillance_cctv

A LETTER FROM FR. JACK MORRIS, SJ, WHO HELPED START PAX CHRISTI IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST: The following was excerpted from a letter passed on to us from PCUSA National Council member Nick Mele: “Several weeks ago, I was told that I may have only a week to live, and the word went out. I did have a close call because of internal bleeding from an unknown source. I had four transfusions and when stable returned to my Jesuit residence in Portland. I would like to thank all of those who also gave transfusions of prayer and hope at the time I knew nothing of the gravity of my condition … The letters and cards you sent have been read to me and are appreciated, but I am no longer able to keep up with correspondence…”

PC Southeastern South Dakota

Members of PC Southeastern South Dakota march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade.

PAX CHRISTI LOS ANGELES LEADS ANTI-DEATH PENALTY DEMONSTRATION:  The following excerpts are from a story that appeared in the Catholic Sentinel by Mary Hotchkiss: “The Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, better known as the LA Congress, is attended by Catholics from around the world… The Anaheim Convention Center is filled with up to 40,000 enthusiastic Catholics who come to attend inspiring liturgies and learn from well-known Catholic educators, including Sr. Helen Prejean…  On Saturday of the Congress, a lunch time demonstration against the death penalty was held on a grassy knoll in front of the Convention Center. It was organized by Pax Christi Los Angeles, the Catholic Peace Movement, the Catholic Mobilizing Network, Catholic Legislative Network (check), and Amnesty International. Several hundred people gathered around the speakers and Sr. Helen Prejean. Sr. Helen urged us to remember that Jesus was a victim of the Death Penalty…”

Members of PC-Los Angeles march with Dead Man Walking author Sr. Helen Prejean.

PC-ST. CLOUD (MN) SPONSORS TALK BY MEL DUNCAN OF NONVIOLENT PEACEFORCE: “The founding Executive Director of the Nonviolent Peaceforce, Mel Duncan, spoke at the Public Library on April  3rd. Sponsored by Pax Christi St. Cloud, Duncan described the work of the Peaceforce, begun in 2002 with peace advocate David Hartsough and which has its base in Brussels.  Countries where NP teams have contributed to peacebuilding or are doing so now are Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Gautemala, South Caucasus, Kyrgyzstan and South Sudan. In 2007 NP received Special Consultative Status to the UN’s Economic and Social Council. That same year the Fellowship of Reconciliation gave Duncan its Pfeffer International Peace Prize, and the Utne reader named him one of ‘50 Visionaries who are Changing your World’ in 2008.”


A billboard sponsored by PC-St. Cloud (MN) and Vets for Peace.

Upcoming Events:

  • PC-Richmond (VA) will host a “Spring Day of Reflection: Exploring Relationships with Earth and Ourselves” with the Thomas Berry Educational Center, on April 14. Contact Ginnie Morrow at ginnie.morrow@yahoo.com.
  • PC-Florida will host their Spring Retreat in Parrish, FL on April 14 and 15. Retreat leader is Sr. Paula Gonzalez. For more info, click here.
  • PC-Michigan’s 31st annual state conference, “Power: Who Lies? Who Dies? Who Pays? Who Profits?” will be April 21 at St. Anastasia Church in Troy, MI. Pax Christi Ambassador of Peace Tom Cordaro and PCUSA Executive Director Sr. Patty Chappell are featured speakers. For more info, click here.
  • PC-Spokane (WA) is sponsoring “Imagining a New Vision for American Prosperity and Security” with Capt. Wayne Porter at Gonzaga University on April 21. For more info contact Scott Cooper at scooper@ccspokane.org
  • PC-Arizona will be holding the first Regional Dialog with members of PCUSA national leadership on May 12 at the Phoenix Archdiocesan Pastoral Center. Contact Margaret Wolford for more information at wolford2102@centurylink.net


Bradenton.com featured photos of PC-Manasota (FL)’s Stations of the Cross … Pax Christi Harrisburg held its 13th annual Stations of the CrossPittsburgh-area Pax Christi hosted its 17th annual Way of the Cross/Way of CompassionPax Christi Indianapolis has a new websitePax Christi Southern California and Los Angeles co-sponsored the march and gathering called “Replace the Death Penalty with Life: Support SAFE California”Pax Christi Florida council member Jim Rucquoi participated with other PCF members in a march in Sanford, FL for justice for Trayvon Martin. Jim took video of the march which took place on March 26 … Read Pax Christi International’s April newsletterPax Christi Texas honored Sarwat Husain, vice chair of the National Council on American Islamic Relations as their Peacemaker of the YearBlue Water PC’s Michael McCarthy was published in the IPS journal Other WordsPC-Genesee County (NY) featured the War Orphan program at their recent Pasta for Peace dinner … JustFaith Ministries in collaboration with Pax Christi USA just released a special 12 session module for small groups on “Just Peacemaking.” There is a special discount for Pax Christi local groups wanting to purchase the module … Three plays written by playwright and Pax Christi member, Jack Gilroy, are now available as downloads for performance by churches, local groups, schools, etc. on the PCUSA website … PCUSA is seeking an Associate Director of Development

  • Send your news items, announcements, photos and links to stories about Pax Christi groups or members to johnnypcusa@yahoo.com.

ON THE LINE: Report-back on Good Friday actions, PC in the Huffington Post, and more

Compiled by Johnny Zokovitch

Each week “On The Line” features news items and announcements from around the nation featuring Pax Christi members, local groups, regions and partners.

ED. Note: Sorry for posting this a day late. I was out sick yesterday.

Way of the Cross 2011WAY OF THE CROSS: By our report in the national office, over 20 Good Friday Way of the Cross prayer and witness events were held throughout the United States, connecting the suffering of Jesus with the suffering of our sisters and brothers because of poverty, injustice, war, violence, sickness, and more. Here are a few links, photos and news stories sent in from groups across the country:

THE HUFFINGTON POST: Pax Christi Metro New York’s coordinator, Rosemarie Pace, wrote a piece which was published on The Huffington Post on Good Friday. The reflection centered on the importance of Good Friday within our tradition and shared information about the Way of the Cross which Pax Christi Metro New York holds each year. You can read the whole story here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rosemarie-pace/good-friday-stations-of-t_b_851197.html

IMPROVING POLICE-COMMUNITY RELATIONS: For the past three years, members of Pax Christi of the Pomona Valley in Southern California have been working on justice issues concerning immigrant rights and improved police-community relations as members of an active justice coalition in the city of Pomona. As part of this work, Pax Christi members have attended and spoken at public hearings, participated in peaceful demonstrations, worked at building positive relationships with community leaders and written letters to the editor and op-ed pieces for the local newspaper. A significant milestone was reached in this work in April, when the Pomona City Charter Review Commission voted
to add language to the city charter saying that the Pomona City Council shall create a police review commission. The question of a police review commission will now go before the city’s voters in a general election. Pax Christi members plan to continue to be involved in advocacy as the election approaches.

PHOTO: Leona Wieland and Sr. Gabriella, co-chairs of Pax Christi Southeastern South Dakota, sent us this photo from a recent event they held in Sioux Falls:

PC-Soputheastern SD

IN BRIEF: Pax Christi Marin (CA) will be hosting an event on homelessness featuring the Gubbio Project’s executive director Laura Slattery, on May 9th, at San Rafael. The event is featured in THE MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL: http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_17924475… Long-time member of Pax Christi Memphis, Father John Atkinson, will celebrate 50 years of ministry on May 13, 2011… Beatitudes Pax Christi (MI) is involved in the Moveable Peace 2011 project with Michigan Peaceworks… Students belonging to Bishop Alemany High School Pax Christi (CA) have participated in a St. Francis Peace Festival, attended functions coordinated by the Los Angeles chapter of Pax Christi, and written letters concerning federal and state legislation… La Crosse-area Pax Christi (WI) has been focusing on immigration issues and hospitality toward our Latino/a brothers and sisters.

  • Send your news items, announcements, photos and links to stories about Pax Christi groups or members to johnnypcusa@yahoo.com.