Yesterday morning, Pax Christi USA received word that Plowshares activist and nuclear disarmament advocate Sr. Ardeth Platte passed away in her sleep at the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House in Washington, D.C.
Pax Christi USA’s statement on the passing of Sr. Ardeth Platte:
Today we mourn the passing of Ardeth Platte—a Dominican Sister, a loyal friend, a healer of historical wounds, a peace companion and a faithful follower of the Gospel. Ardeth was the Peace of Christ in our midst and “shocked the conscience” of many (including many religious congregations) by taking a bold stand against weapons of mass destruction which often landed her behind bars. She stood on the side of truth and justice and reminded each of us of our moral responsibility to advocate for the elimination of nuclear weapons. May we join with Ardeth in her sacred pilgrimage and continue her life’s work for a more just and nuclear free world through nonviolent action. May we also learn from her example to love, reverence and care for the oppressed and the oppressor with the utmost tenderness. Ardeth, you may not be physically present among us, but you will always dwell in our midst. Ardeth Platte, Presente!