This Wednesday, January 26th, will be Bishop Thomas Gumbleton’s 92nd birthday! And as we celebrate our 50th anniversary this year, we’re highlighting many of the key people who have been central to the identity, mission and accomplishments of Pax Christi USA. When the Pax Christi USA staff gathered together last week for our weekly program team meeting and realized Bishop Tom’s birthday was coming up this week, we all agreed how great it would be to gather some of the folks who know him best to share stories as a way of honoring all that he means to this movement and his leadership since our founding in 1972.
And so we invite the entire Pax Christi USA community to join us for a one-hour birthday gathering celebrating Tom this Wednesday, January 26th from 7:30-8:30pm ET over Zoom.
- WHAT: Online birthday gathering for Pax Christi USA Bishop-President-Emeritus, Bishop Thomas Gumbleton
- WHEN: Wednesday, January 26th, 7:30-8:30pm ET
- WHERE: Over Zoom, click here to register!
We’ll be joined by Tom’s good friends and Pax Christi USA Ambassadors of Peace, Janice Vanderhaar, Bill and Mary Carry, and other special guests who will share their stories of Tom — both what he has meant to our movement and to them personally. We’ll show some photos of Tom from the Pax Christi USA archives, recall some of the key moments in his leadership with Pax Christi USA, and invite folks to share their best wishes for him in the chat and possibly on screen as time allows. We’ll also offer up a communal singing of Happy Birthday (it’ll be a joyful noise!).
Zoom is not Bishop Gumbleton’s favorite form of communication, so we want to make sure folks know that he most likely will not join us on the video call. But we will record and post it, sharing the link with him afterward; and when staff travel to Michigan for the Pax Christi Michigan conference in April, we’ll drop off a belated birthday gift for him from the Pax Christi USA community.
It is impossible to overstate how much Bishop Gumbleton has meant to our movement. We hope you’ll stop by during this hour-long gathering on Wednesday, even if for only a few minutes, and leave your birthday message for Tom in the chat, on our Facebook page during the livestream, or in the comments section on this post (below).