Dear Friends and Supporters of Pax Christi USA,
If there were a single phrase to define the activities of Pax Christi USA, it would be “substantive, forward movement,” for it characterizes the internal and external progress our national office has made in expanding the presence and impact of our mission.
It is in a spirit of accountability and transparency that I present to you our Annual Report for 2017 done in collaboration with our staff and national council. I am pleased to share that Pax Christi USA had more income than expense in 2017. You will see in these pages that PCUSA continues to meet the challenges of a tight fiscal environment and increasing needs.
We continue to remain ever grateful to our major donors. Increasing the number of Sustainers (those who give monthly) to 140 allows PCUSA to cover our monthly expenses of $31,000.00. The process to become a Sustainer is quite simple and guarantees the organization monthly income. Please contact the national office and join the Sustainers’ Circle for Peace with Justice.
PCUSA has experienced growth in the area of communications, resource sales, and programs. We are in the process of revising our website and continue providing inspirational reflection booklets for Advent and Lent. Our member newsletter, The Peace Current, continues to be a stable source of income. This past year our programs included workshops with high school students in nonviolent conflict resolution. There also continues to be a growing call from parishes and religious congregations to be engaged in anti-racism training.
Looking forward, PCUSA would like to collaborate more effectively with college campuses that have PCUSA local chapters. In addition, there is a growing movement to reach out to our young adult population and actively invite them into shaping the future and mission of PCUSA. We embrace these opportunities for growing our membership.
Pax Christi USA needs to continue to exercise its prophetic role whenever the Gospel mandate is compromised and our social teachings are devalued. In order to move forward, we need to maintain a steady source of revenue, so your continuing and ongoing financial support is critical.
In closing, it is with a grateful heart that I thank you for your faithful support and ongoing prayers for Pax Christi USA. Know too that each of you remain in my prayers!
With Gratitude and Hope,
Sister Patricia J. Chappell, SNDdeN