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ON THE LINE: February 2016 edition includes action in support of refugees, Vow of Nonviolence, 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.

PAX CHRISTI NEW JERSEY HOLDS ANNUAL PRAYER SERVICE FOR MIGRANTS, REFUGEES: (from multiple sources) On Wednesday February 10th, clergy, faith leaders and community members gathered in Liberty State Park along the water next to the bridge to Ellis Island to offer prayers and to remember all those who have been displaced from their home countries. Participants called for compassion and mercy for all those who have died fleeing violence and persecution, those who have been incarcerated as they attempt to flee and all those who have died trying to reach safety. Pax Christi New Jersey led the gathering on Ash Wednesday, an annual interfaith prayer service for migrants and refugees. With the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island serving as a dramatic backdrop, the seventh annual service called for compassion, mercy and solidarity with all those forced to leave their homelands.  To see a slideshow of the event by the Jersey Journal, click here: http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2016/02/annual_interfaith_prayer_service_for_migrants_refu.html

Pax Christi New Jersey and friends host a prayer service on Ash Wednesday for migrants and refugees.

Pax Christi New Jersey and friends host a prayer service on Ash Wednesday for migrants and refugees.

PAX CHRISTI USA TEACHER OF PEACE DIRECTS NEW DOCUMENTARY ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING: (from Center of Concern) gI_72903_Against HumanityThe Center of Concern announces the premiere of “I Am Miriam,” an anti-human trafficking video, and a companion website entitled, “Against Humanity.” The video tells the story of a 26-year-old Ethiopian woman who underwent sex trafficking as she sought asylum from violence against her family and herself in her homeland. The website provides educational and other resources for preventing, detecting, and responding to human trafficking through individual and collective efforts. Sister Dianna M. Ortiz, O.S.U., Editor of the Center’s award-winning Education for Justice (EFJ) and an internationally recognized champion for human rights, wrote and served as executive producer for the video. “This is the tragic, personal story of my friend, Miriam, who descended into the horrors of human trafficking as she fled violence against her family and herself in her native Ethiopia. This modern-day form of slavery ensnares nearly 21 million of our brothers and sisters, an experience that no one should have to endure. We must illuminate and eliminate the curse of human trafficking,” Ortiz stated. (Sr. Dianna is a Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace.)… Read more at http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/16/02/p6251085/center-of-concerns-education-for-justice-premieres-i-am-miriam-anti-hum

PAX CHRISTI MICHIGAN RELEASES STATEMENT ON FLINT WATER CRISIS: (from PC Michigan) The water crisis in the poverty-stricken, African-American-majority city of Flint, Michigan has its roots in decades of waste dumped by corporations into the Flint River, and more recently, surface runoff from roads, lawns and farmers’ fields. The water in the Flint River contains significant levels of chlorides, making it highly corrosive to lead pipes. In addition, state revenue sharing cutbacks for Michigan cities have exacerbated the negative impact on budgets already stretched thin by deindustrialization and the sharp decline in tax revenue. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder took office on January 1, 2011. With his accounting background, he brought to state government a corporate philosophy that was highly bottom-line oriented. One of Snyder’s first actions was legislation expanding an earlier law by giving the state sweeping powers to take over failing municipalities and school boards by appointing “emergency managers” with unchecked authority to replace democratically elected officials. In December 2011, Flint was placed in receivership under an emergency manager… Read the entire statement at http://www.paxchristimi.org/#!blank/u8kon

Pax Christi Metro D.C.-Baltimore members join the Ash Wednesday prayer service held outside the White House and organized by the Dorothy Day CW.

Pax Christi Metro D.C.-Baltimore members join the Ash Wednesday prayer service held outside the White House and organized by the Dorothy Day CW.

PC SEATTLE MEMBERS TAKE VOW OF NONVIOLENCE: (from Deacon Denny Duffell) On the Feast of the Holy Innocents at Mass at St. James Cathedral, Pax Christi members in the Seattle area took the Vow of Nonviolence. The program for the event thanked Fr. Ryan and the staff of the Cathedral, and invited all those in attendance to learn more about Pax Christi. “This is our third year in taking this vow publicly, in order to encourage others to join us.  One thing we hope is that the community of people who gather around these words and the hope behind them will support one another through prayer and action in living them out.  If we do this, we are hopefully confident that this community will grow.”

Pax Christi Seattle members take the Vow of Nonviolence at St. James Cathedral on the Feast of the Holy Innocents.

Pax Christi Seattle members take the Vow of Nonviolence at St. James Cathedral on the Feast of the Holy Innocents.

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Upcoming or Ongoing Events:

Feb. 20: World Day of Social Justice

Feb. 26-28: PC Metro New York Retreat, “The Quest for World Peace Begins Within,” at St. Joseph’s Renewal Center in Brentwood, Long Island

Feb. 27: Memorial Service for Concepcion Piccioto, at 10:00 am at Memorial Service at Luther Place Memorial Church, 1226 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington, DC

March: Women’s History Month

Mar. 1: International Death Penalty Abolition Day

Mar. 2-13: The Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ “Workers’ Voice Tour”, Eastern U.S.

Mar. 5: Lenten Retreat with Fr. Jack Martin, Stirling, NJ, co-sponsored by PC NJ

Mar. 8: International Women’s Day

Mar. 13: Election of Pope Francis, 2013

Mar. 20: Palm Sunday

Mar. 21-27: Week of Solidarity with Peoples Struggling Against Racism and Racial Discrimination

Mar. 22: World Water Day

Mar. 24: Holy Thursday, Feast of Blessed Oscar Romero

Mar. 25: Good Friday, International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

Mar. 27: Easter

Mar. 27-Apr. 2: Shut Down Drones at Creech AFB action, Nevada

Mar. 31: Cesar Chavez, b. 1927

Apr. 8-9: Call for proposals for the Gandhi-King conference in Memphis

Apr. 8-12: Midwest Faith and Resistance Retreat, Minneapolis

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Quicklinks:

America Magazine wrote an excellent feature on Pax Christi International Co-President Bishop Kevin Dowling of South Africa … Gus Nystrom of Pax Christi Northern California gave two talks during February on his participation in a delegation to El Salavador to commemorate the four US religious sisters who were executed by the right-wing military of El Salvador in 1980 … For Black History Month, PC El Paso hosted a screening of The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-75 … Presentation Sister and PC-South Dakota member Sr. JoAnn Sturzl had published a letter in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader calling for an end to the death penalty … PC Northeastern Pennsylvania started a petition in support of Bishop Farrell in Texas regarding gun violence in our nation … PC Houston sponsored a talk on Islamophobia by Mustafaa Carroll of CAIR-Houston on Feb. 7 … PC Palm Beach (FL) co-sponsored an evening celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. … PC Michigan devised a strategic plan at a meeting in October 2015 … With PC South Dakota members, we mourn the loss of Sister Eileen O’Connor, OSBPC-Beverly (MA) is hosting a three session exploration of nonviolence and mercy, using the Bible and the book, Seizing the Nonviolent Moments: Reflection on the Spirituality of Nonviolence Through the Lens of Scripture, by PCUSA Ambassador of Peace Nancy Small during Lent … PC South Dakota members hosted a Take Back the Site vigil in January at the site of a recent murderPax Christi International’s February 2016 newsletter is online … See more local and regional updates in the Fall-Winter 2015-16 edition of The Peace Current

ON THE LINE: December 2015 edition includes efforts in support of migrants, refugees, victims of gun violence, 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.

PAX CHRISTI ILLINOIS ACTIVISTS HELP KILL PLAN FOR IMMIGRANT DETENTION CENTER: (from The Chicago Tribune) Bernie Kopera and Concetta Smart are so often together fighting for the underdogs that people often assume they are married to each other. They are not. Yet the pair of Southland residents have formed an alliance that has enabled them to successfully oppose plans for a for-profit immigration detention center in the Chicago area. First in Crete, then in Joliet and Hobart, Ind., and most recently in Gary, they banded together with others to defeat the proposals. Recently they stepped in to help those fighting the latest plan — a center across from the Gary/Chicago Airport where undocumented immigrants would be held until they could be deported… Read the entire article http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/news/ct-sta-immigrant-detention-center-activists-st-1115-20151118-story.html

Pax Christi Los Angeles members participate in a community prayer vigil to protest conditions at Los Angeles Men's Central Twin Tower Jail in September.

Pax Christi Los Angeles members participate in a community prayer vigil to protest conditions at Los Angeles Men’s Central Twin Tower Jail in September.

PAX CHRISTI METROWEST (MA) CO-SPONSORS EVENT TO END GUN VIOLENCE: (from The MetroWest Daily News) NATICK, MA – Thoughts and prayers are nice, but to end gun violence, more has to be done, state Rep. David Linsky told a group of about 60 anti-gun violence advocates. Speaking at a Community Interfaith Gathering at the Common Street Spiritual Center on Saturday, the Natick Democrat said it is time for action. … The gathering was co-sponsored by the spiritual center, the First Congregational Church in Natick, Temple Israel of Natick, Pax Christi MetroWest, Fisk United Methodist Church and the Massachusetts Chapter of Brady Campaign. To read the entire article, go to: http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/article/20151212/NEWS/151218369

This is the fourth year Blue Water PC has put up this billboard to promote peace, charity, and prayerful nonviolence. Councils of local Knights of Columbus and many local church and community members have been supportive. The billboard appears above the Chamber of Commerce building for one month beginning Dec. 23.

This is the fourth year Blue Water (MI) PC has put up this billboard to promote peace, charity, and prayerful nonviolence. Councils of local Knights of Columbus and many local church and community members have been supportive. The billboard appears above the Chamber of Commerce building for one month beginning Dec. 23.

Bishop Gumbleton and Ruben Garcia at Momentum 2012

Bishop Thomas Gumbleton and 2012 PCUSA Teacher of Peace Ruben Garcia

AMERICA MAGAZINE INTERVIEWS BISHOP GUMBLETON: (from America) Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton is a writer and retired Roman Catholic auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit. He was also the founding president of Pax Christi USA and a co-founder of the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights. Bishop Gumbleton earned a B.A. degree in 1952, a M.Div. degree in 1956 and then later earned a J.C.D in 1964. On Aug. 28, I interviewed Bishop Gumbleton by telephone about his life and work. The following transcript has been edited for style and length… Read the interview at http://americamagazine.org/content/all-things/social-justice-all-interview-bishop-thomas-gumbleton

PAX CHRISTI METRO DC-BALTIMORE ELECTS NEW COUNCIL, HONORS PEACEMAKER: Effective January 1, Mary Liepold will be the new chairperson of Pax Christi Metro DC-Baltimore, replacing Bob Cooke and Bob More. Other officers include Dennis Warner, Vice Chairperson; Luis Cabrales, Secretary; and Luann Mostello, Treasurer. The rest of the council includes Bob Cooke, Jack McHale, Tony Langbehn, Bro. Brian McLaughlin, Chuck Michaels, Katie Murphy, Sr. Roni Schweyen, and Pierre Thompson. … Also, on November 14, PC Metro DC-Baltimore held their Eighth Annual Peacemaker of the Year Event. The 2015 award recipient was Fr. Gerry Creedon, pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church in Dale City, Virginia, former pastor of St. Charles, Chair of the Diocese of Arlington Peace and Justice Commission, and a tireless advocate for peace and justice in our region. Read more at http://www.paxchristimetrodc.org/2015/10/fr-gerry-creedon-named-2015-peacemaker-of-the-year/

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Pax Christi Texas members Sr. Ceil Roeger and Dave Atwood participated in a DACA/DAPA immigration rally in Houston on November 20, 2015.

PC SAN ANTONIO (TX) MEMBERS PRAY FOR PEACE FOLLOWING TERROR ATTACKS: (from Fox San Antonio) SAN ANTONIO – Faith leaders and residents prayed for peace at a candlelight vigil Sunday night. Recent terror attacks and the national debate over Syrian refugees led more than a hundred to attend. … In silence, attendees circled a peace pole for more than half an hour on the University of the Incarnate Word campus. … Anthony Blasi, leader of Pax Christi San Antonio, said he’s also concerned people want to stop refugees. “We have always been a nation that welcomed all kinds of people,” Blasi said, “and we shouldn’t start changing our ways because of some lunatics in the alleged state of ISIS.” Read more at http://www.foxsanantonio.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/faith-leaders-residents-pray-peace-at-vigil-after-terror-attacks-17750.shtml#.VnDZJ_krLIU

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Upcoming or Ongoing Events:

Dec. 25: Christmas

Dec. 27: Holy Family observance

Dec. 27-28: Feast of the Holy Innocents Retreat and Action at STRATCOM headquarters in Omaha, NE; contact frank.cordaro@gmail.com or 515 292-4781 for more info; for peace witness in DC, contact: Dorothy Day Catholic Worker at 202-882-9649, artlaffin@hotmail.com

Dec. 28: Massacre of the Holy Innocents observance

Jan. 1: World Day of Peace

Jan. 3: Epiphany observance

Jan. 3-13: Witness Against Torture Fast and Action in DC

Jan. 15: Birth of MLK, 1929

Jan. 15-16: Rotary World Peace Conference in Ontario, CA; Pax Christi will have a table thanks to PC Southern California members

Jan. 18: MLK Day observance

Jan. 26: Bishop Gumbleton’s birthday

Jan. 29-31: Pax Christi USA National Council meeting in Bay St. Louis, MS

Feb: Black History Month

Feb. 4: Birth of Rosa Parks, 1913

Feb. 10: Nelson Mandela released, 1990

Feb. 10: Ash Wednesday

Feb. 12: NAACP founded, 1909

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Quicklinks:

PC Metro DC-Baltimore helped coordinate a dinner during the annual USCCB meetings at which bishops and others dined with local activists … Pax Christi Fremont (CA) is co-hosting an interfaith prayer service for peace on Dec. 31 … Pax Christi New Jersey was represented at the New Jersey Peace Action gathering on Nov. 14 where Kathy O’ Leary, PCNJ coordinator, presented the Hope Shapiro Bread and Roses Peace Award to featured speaker Sister Megan Rice … PC Northern California leader Tom Webb wrote an article on immigrationPC International intern Tabitha Redeppening wrote a reflection on the COP21 talks for the PCI blog … PC South Dakota Presentation Sisters JoAnn Sturzl and Myra Remily traveled in the Veterans for Peace bus from Minneapolis to the SOA this year. You can read their reflections online herePC El Paso members joined El Paso Bishop Seitz for Posadas sin Fronteras, a prayer and witness for migrants and their families, on Dec. 13 … PC Memphis signed onto a letter from the ACLU asking Tennessee Governor Haslam to rescind his request to suspend Syrian refugee resettlement in Tennessee … Visit the Pax Christi San Antonio (TX) website for upcoming events and photos … Pax Christi International’s December 2015 newsletter is online … See more local and regional updates in the Fall-Winter 2015-16 edition of The Peace Current

ON THE LINE: November 2015 edition includes groups acting on Israel-Palestine, the #FightFor15, the refugee crisis, 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.

PAX CHRISTI METRO NEW YORK HOSTS HUMAN RIGHTS DAY EVENT ON ISRAEL-PALESTINE: (from PC Metro New York website) PC Metro New York will commemorate Human Rights Day and remember Holy Innocents on Thursday, December 10th, when Rosemarie Pace, Director of PCMNY, will be presenting “A Report Back from the West Bank of Occupied Palestine” based on the recent Pax Christi Pathways to Peace Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Ms. Pace will show photos and share stories of the Living Stones she met on this heart-wrenching and heart-warming journey. The event will take place at Casserly Hall, St. Joseph’s Greenwich Village Church, 7 p.m. For more information, go to http://www.nypaxchristi.org/events.html

Rosemarie Pace, PC Metro NY coordinator (center) at the Separation Wall in Bethlehem.

Rosemarie Pace, PC Metro NY coordinator (center) at the Separation Wall in Bethlehem in the Occupied West Bank.

PAX CHRISTI MEMPHIS RALLIES FOR THE FIGHT FOR $15: (from Paul Crum, PC Memphis) Pax Christi Memphis participated in the Memphis Fight for $15 parade on Tuesday, November 10, to show our support for raising the minimum wage to a living wage and to obtain union rights. This action is one of over 270 taking place around the nation. After the parade, the group went to the Quaker Meetinghouse for a potluck dinner to discuss the day’s events and prepare for their monthly meeting. Read more about PC Memphis activities at http://paxchristimemphis.org/

Kathy O’Leary of Pax Christi New Jersey accepting a certificate from New Jersey Peace Action recognizing the Shrine of St. Joseph as an official “peace site.”

Kathy O’Leary of Pax Christi New Jersey accepting a certificate from New Jersey Peace Action recognizing the Shrine of St. Joseph as an official “peace site.”

PAX CHRISTI ILLINOIS LOCAL GROUP HIGHLIGHTS DOROTHY DAY: (from Nancy Oetter, PC Illinois state co-coordinator) Pax Christi Servants/St. Thomas (IL) held a viewing of the movie “Dorothy Day:  Don’t Call Me a Saint” at St. Thomas the Apostle parish in Naperville, IL. This was an attempt to educate folks about Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker movement and why Pope Francis highlighted her witness and life when he spoke about her in his address to the U.S. Congress in September. In addition to the folks who attended, the movie has been made available to individuals in the parish who would like to host future viewings.

HOLY CROSS PAX CHRISTI CAMPUS CHAPTER CO-SPONSORS REFUGEE AWARENESS WEEK: (from the College of the Holy Cross website) College of the Holy Cross students, faculty and staff, hosted “Refugee Awareness Week” at the end of October. The week helped to raise awareness of the complex social justice issues surrounding the ongoing refugee crisis around the world… The Pax Christi chapter sponsored advocacy tables set up daily in the Hogan Courtyard to offer more information about refugees around the world, a chance to sign online letters and petitions to Congress regarding the crisis, and to collect monetary donations for the Jesuit Refugee Service. … Pax Christi also sponsored a candlelight vigil as an act of solidarity with refugees from around the world. Read more at http://news.holycross.edu/blog/2015/10/27/the-holy-cross-community-to-raise-awareness-for-refugee-crisis-with-a-weeklong-series-of-events/

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PC Southeastern South Dakota members at the 1st annual Sioux Falls Peace Festival.

PAX CHRISTI NORTHERN CALIFORNIA HOSTS REGIONAL ASSEMBLY: (from Tom Webb, PC Northern California) Nearly 100 people gathered for Pax Christi Northern California’s assembly “Creative Nonviolence: Peacemaking in the 21st Century” on Saturday, October 17th. They listened carefully as a panel featuring Sr. Megan Rice, Elizabeth Murray and Rivera Sun responded to questions from Pax Christi moderator Lorin Peters examining the signs of the times and what members of the faith community could do to respond. Rice is certainly known among many in Pax Christi circles, and for those with links to Pace Bene, Rivera Sun has been a widely-followed speaker on non-violence. Murray on the other hand is new to the movement. After spending 27 years with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as a Middle East intelligence officer, Murray retired and has dedicated her life to peacemaking. She resides at the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action outside Tacoma, WA as a volunteer. She is also a regular participant in talks given by Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, founded by Ray McGovern… Read more at https://paxchristiusa.org/2015/10/20/regional-event-pax-christi-northern-california-hosts-creative-nonviolence-peacemaking-in-the-21st-century/

Lorrain Taylor of 1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence, recipient of the PC Northern California Peacemaker Award

Lorrain Taylor of 1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence, recipient of the PC Northern California Peacemaker Award at their regional assembly.

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Upcoming or Ongoing Events:

November is the International Month of Global Climate Action

Nov. 13-15: Retreat with PCUSA Ambassador of Peace John Dear at Kirkridge in Pennsylvania

Nov. 14: Pax Christi Massachusetts retreat with Sr. Helen Prejean at St. Susanna Parish, Dedham, MA; contact Pat Ferrone at patferrone@rcn.com for info

Nov. 20: Pax Christi USA gathering at the SOA in Columbus, GA

Nov. 20-22: SOA vigil and action, Columbus, GA

Nov. 21: Alliance for Fair Food National Day of Action

Nov. 29: Global Climate March

Nov. 28-Dec. 24: Advent e-Retreat with Erie Benedictines

Nov. 29: Advent begins

Dec. 4-6: Advent Retreat, “How Do Our Lives Change?” at the Birmingham Catholic Worker, contact shelleymdouglass@gmail.com

Dec. 10: International Human Rights Day

Dec. 10: PC Metro New York’s Report Back from the West Bank of Occupied Palestine, New York City, 7 p.m.

Dec. 12: Our Lady of Guadalupe observance

Dec. 25: Christmas

Dec. 27: Holy Family observance

Dec. 27-28: Feast of the Holy Innocents Retreat and Action at STRATCOM headquarters in Omaha, NE; contact frank.cordaro@gmail.com or 515 292-4781 for more info

Dec. 28: Massacre of the Holy Innocents observance

Jan. 1: World Day of Peace

Jan. 3: Epiphany observance

Jan. 3-13: Witness Against Torture Fast and Action in DC

Jan. 18: MLK Day observance

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Quicklinks:

PC Madison (WI) sponsored the event, “The Francis Effect: Reflections on the Pope’s Addresses to Congress and the United Nations Assembly” in October. Congressman Mark Pocan and others offered their reflections on Pope Francis’ visit to the United States … The Pax Christi Anti-Racism Team (PCART) is looking for new members … PC Metro D.C.-Baltimore members Dennis Warner and Pierre Thompson wrote an excellent article about the situation in Palestine and Israel … PC Maine members were among those protesting at Bath Iron Works the christening of a new warship … PC South Dakota has posted photos and a short write-up about their October conference with Martha Hennessy, granddaughter of Dorothy Day … PC New Jersey members participated in a ceremony dedicating the Shrine of St. Joseph as an official peace site. You can see a video of the dedication here and read about it in their newsletter herePC El Paso (TX) continued their monthly film series. November’s film was “The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear” … PC Beverly (MA) sponsored a day of reflection with PCUSA Ambassador of Peace Nancy SmallPC Northeast Florida co-sponsored a presentation on the death penalty recently … Mariposa (CA) Pax Christi teamed up with other organizations to present a local screening of “Merchants of Doubt”, a documentary exposing a concerted strategy to create doubt about the facts of climate change … The electronic version of the Advent reflection booklet is available now … Pax Christi International’s November 2015 newsletter is online … See more local and regional updates in the Fall-Winter 2015-16 edition of The Peace Current

ON THE LINE: December 2014 edition highlights members and groups across the nation

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. 

VOTE FOR MARIE DENNIS FOR THE PUBLIC PEACE PRIZE BY TOMORROW NOON: Pax Christi International Co-President Marie Dennis is a candidate for the 2015 Public Peace Prize. Her profile appears on the PPP web site, Facebook and Twitter accounts through December 17 at noon, and they’ll be counting the number of visits to her page as well as “Likes” and “retweets”. Go to this link to find out how you can vote for Marie: http://publicpeaceprize.org/marie-dennis/

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

Pax Christi International Co-President meets with Pope Francis in October 2014 at the Vatican.

PAX CHRISTI MEMBERS IN SOUTH DAKOTA HOLD 6TH TAKE BACK THE SITE VIGIL: (from The Argus Leader) A group of about a dozen people huddled in a circle on the wilted grass of Sabrina White’s apartment to remember and mourn their loss. “We’re here because this is a site where violence has struck one more time in our city,” Harold Christensen of Pax Christi said. “I’m sorry for that.” They sang “Amazing Grace” while covering their lit candles to keep the bitterly cold wind from blowing them out. Twice, they paused for silent moments of remembrance, each lasting about a minute. They reflected on the violent incident that took place inside White’s residence and hoped for change. Many of the people attending the vigil sponsored by the Southeastern South Dakota chapter of Pax Christi outside the duplex where White lived at 523 S. Western Ave. didn’t know her long… Read more at http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/crime/2014/12/04/vigil-murder-victim-held-tonight/19883307/

PAX CHRISTI METRO NY COORDINATOR INTERVIEWED IN NCR: (from NCR) Sr. Camille (asks PCMNY Coordinator Rosemarie Pace): You have been the face and energy of Pax Christi Metro for 14 years. What brought you into this arena? Rosemarie Pace: I don’t remember when I read in The Tablet of a group of Catholics who were engaged in some kind of peace activism. Intrigued, I was curious to know more, but it was years before I inquired about them at St. John’s University, where I worshipped on Sundays. The sister in charge of the choir directed me to a Fr. Jim Reese, who taught at SJU. He was a member of Pax Christi Queens. He directed me to Elaine L’Etoile, another member of the group, who invited me to a meeting one Sunday evening in September 1987. I dragged along a friend so I wouldn’t be a lone stranger in the group. I was immediately drawn in and have been a member ever since, even though at that time, I knew nothing of Pax Christi beyond that little local group. That’s when and where my education began… Read the full interview at http://ncronline.org/blogs/conversations-sr-camille/pax-christi-leader-peacemaking-and-catholic-social-justice-are

Rosemarie Pace of Pax Christi Metro New York

Rosemarie Pace of Pax Christi Metro New York

PAX CHRISTI FLORIDA CO-HOSTS VIGIL FOR CLIMATE CHANGE AWARENESS: (from The St. Augustine Record) On the evening of Dec. 7 candle and solar-lantern lit vigils will take place all over the world. People are gathering to show their concern about climate change. Building on the momentum from the People’s Climate March where they mobilized tens of thousands of participants, faith groups are holding vigils in 13 countries to pray for progress towards an international agreement to address climate change. The vigils will take place as leaders are gathered for the Lima climate talks. As part of the project #LightForLima, St. Augustine will host a vigil from 8 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church. Participants are invited to gather at 7:45 p.m. “We want our leaders to hear the moral imperative for action,” said Nancy O’Byrne of Pax Christi Florida. “These vigils represent the voices of the human spirit, expressed through our religious and spiritual traditions and through many people’s personal convictions. The vigils show love and concern for our children, vulnerable people and our precious planet.”… Read more at http://staugustine.com/living/religion/2014-12-04/vigil-st-augustine-set-st-cyprians-episcopal-church#.VJCC0CvF_Cs

PAX CHRISTI MEMBERS IN SEATTLE-AREA TAKE THE VOW OF NONVIOLENCE: (from Deacon Denny Duffel) Pax Christi members in the Seattle-area will be participating in a special ceremony to take the Vow of Nonviolence with Bishop Eusebio Elizondo on December 28 from 2-4 pm. People interested in joining them can contact pc.centralseattle@gmail.com or denny@stbridgetchurch.org for more info. Join them in making a one-year commitment to strive for peace in our lives, our relationships, and our world. They also welcome those who desire to come as witnesses in support of those who take the Vow of Nonviolence.

PAX CHRISTI HOLY CROSS OBSERVES ANNIVERSARY OF JESUIT MARTYRS: (from The Catholic Free Press) The College of the Holy Cross commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Nov. 16 murder of six Jesuits, and their cook and her daughter, in El Salvador. Among commemorations at Holy Cross this week and last week was a display of crosses, with the victims’ names and photos, which the Pax Christi campus chapter set up. Associate chaplain Marty Kelly with Pax Christi members Anthony Yakely, Sloane Burns, Ozzie Reza, Mary Kate Vanecko and Risako Iida, takes students on January immersion trips to the site of the murders and other “sacred sites” in El Salvador. “We sort of walk in the footsteps of those who gave their lives as a result of their faith,” he said. Jesuit Father Philip L. Boroughs, Holy Cross president, attended commemorations in El Salvador for the anniversary.

Upcoming or Ongoing Events:

Dec. 25 – Christmas

Jan. 1 – World Day of Peace, Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Jan. 4 – Feast of the Epiphany

Jan. 11 – Witness Against Torture Annual Fast in Washington, D.C.; http://www.witnesstorture.org/blog/2014/11/20/join-us-in-dc-1-5-13/

Jan. 19 – MLK Day

Jan. 23-25 – Interfaith Conference on Drone Warfare, Princeton, New Jersey: http://www.peacecoalition.org/component/content/article/39-cfpa/233-interfaith-conference-on-drone-warfare.html

Quicklinks:

Sr. Patty Chappell, Executive Director of PCUSA, was quoted in this article from Catholic News Service following the release of the torture report … Monsignor Neil Connolly, associate pastor at St. Francis in New York City, is hoping to make St. Francis an official “Peace Parish,” as part of Pax Christi, the Catholic peace movement … Pax Christi Florida member Jim Rucquoi took this video of PC Florida’s Rally in Tally Against The Death Penalty … Bob Cooke and Bob More have been elected the new co-coordinators of Pax Christi Metro D.C.-BaltimoreDr. Shannen Dee Williams, one of our Advent 2014 authors, published an article holding up the lives of black women and children … Sr. Patty was featured in the newsletter of the National Black Catholic Congress in November … The new regional coordinator for Southern California is Alice Soto. Thanks to Sharon Halsey-Hoover for her years in service as coordinator … Pax Christi’s Marie Dennis and Sr. Anne-Louise Nadeau, SNDdeN spoke at the Ignatian Family Teach-in in DC in November … Pax Christi at St. Maurice Parish in Ft. Lauderdale (FL) helped sponsor a rally for the homelessPax Christi Burlington (VT) participated in a benefit concert to benefit the people of Gaza … Pax Christi International’s December 2014 newsletter is online … See more local and regional updates in the Winter 2014-15 edition of The Peace Current