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ON THE LINE: May 2016 edition includes Daniel Berrigan memoriam, regional events, peacemakers honored, 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.

Fr. Dan Berrigan, S.J.

Fr. Dan Berrigan, S.J.

PAX CHRISTI USA CELEBRATES THE LIFE OF TEACHER OF PEACE DANIEL BERRIGAN, S.J.: Pax Christi USA leadership responded to the news late last month that Dan Berrigan, S.J., a Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace, had passed away: Cathy Woodson, National Chair of Pax Christ USA, upon hearing of Berrigan’s passing, said, “I had the privilege of hearing Fr. Berrigan speak at our inner city parish in the early 1980s. His message tied together the call for justice that connected many issues facing those of us sitting in the pews.  His passion for justice and peace, his message about war came across with a sense of power that led me to look closer at how faith leaders in the Catholic peace movement carried out what they preached. He lived his commitment that pushed beyond our expectations and comfort zone, standing strong for peace in our world. He now joins others who have taught us how to be peacemakers; well done thy good and faithful servant as you are welcomed into the kingdom, and thank you.” And from Pax Christi USA Executive Director Sr. Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN: “Daniel Berrigan was a man faithful to the transformative values of living out the Gospel. Until his very death, he modeled for all a spirituality of non-violence and peace-making. Pax Christi USA mourns the passing of Dan Berrigan, one of the most widely admired peacemakers of our time. His life and witness have inspired thousands to learn and embody the nonviolence at the heart of Jesus teachings. We give thanks and celebrate the life of Dan, a Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace.”

PAX CHRISTI MAINE EXPLORES NONVIOLENCE AT ASSEMBLY: (from Mary Ellen Quinn) On April 30, 2016, members of Pax Christi Maine gathered together for our Spring Assembly at H.O.M.E., an Emmaus community in Orland, ME. Following the opening prayer, our program, “Nonviolence – A Way of Life and Resistance in a Culture of Violence” included lively discussion guided by questions for self-reflection on the challenges & opportunities inherent in living a nonviolent life. The group sharing was based on Fr. John Dear’s three dimensions of a nonviolent life – Practicing Nonviolence Toward Ourselves; Practice Nonviolence Toward All Others including the earth & its creatures and Active Engagement in the global Grassroots Movement of Nonviolence. The annual meeting also included the election of officers, the welcoming of new council members and review of our plan for the coming year. All present were excited by the recent Vatican Conference on Nonviolence and Just Peace and the promise it holds for the future.

Pax Christi Maine State Assembly

Discussion at the Pax Christi Maine State Assembly

PAX CHRISTI MICHIGAN HOLDS 35TH ANNUAL STATE CONFERENCE: (from Mary Hanna) Pax Christi Michigan’s 35th Annual State Conference,  “Breaking the Silence: Confronting Race, Power & Privilege,” was a wonderful event, featuring Pax Christi USA’s National Director, Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN, Program Director, Anne-Louise Nadeau, SNDdeN, and special guest Ana Garcia-Ashley, National Director of the Gamaliel Network. Held at Cristo Rey Church in Lansing on Saturday April 23, 2016 , the day was full of introspection and a renewed conviction to eradicating racism. Pax Christi USA has been at the forefront of confronting structural racism, and these powerful women are leading the way in that movement. Also honored were Mary Hennig as our Purple Ribbon for Peace award winner, and Aida Cuadrado as our Young Adult Peacemaker. To see photos from the event, go to http://www.paxchristimi.org/#!2016-conference-photos/lfee3

Ana Garcia-Ashley, National Director of the Gamaliel Network, with Aida Cuadrado, recipient of the Young Adult Peacemaker Award.

Ana Garcia-Ashley, National Director of the Gamaliel Network, with Aida Cuadrado, recipient of PC Michigan’s Young Adult Peacemaker Award.

AUTHORS FOR 2016 ADVENT REFLECTION BOOKLET ANNOUNCED: The authors for the annual Pax Christi USA booklet of Advent reflections for 2016 have been selected. Pax Christi USA is pleased to announce that this year’s authors are Cathy Woodson, National Council Chair of Pax Christi USA, and Sr. Anne-Louise Nadeau, SNDdeN, Pax Christi USA’s Director of Programs. To read more, go to https://paxchristiusa.org/2016/04/25/announcement-authors-for-2016-advent-booklet-selected/

PAX CHRISTI METRO NEW YORK HONORS PEACEMAKERS: (from Rosemarie Pace) Pax Christi Metro New York (PCMNY) is very proud to announce this year’s Peacemaker Award Honorees and to celebrate not only their accomplishments but also what they stand for. On Sunday, May 15th, PCMNY will be paying tribute to: Phyllis & Orlando Rodriguez, Founding Members of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, Educators, and Advocates for Human Rights and Restorative Justice; Sr. Evelyn Lamoureux, D.W., Community and Peace Activist in Nassau and Queens Counties, serving the poor and working to end human trafficking; and Fr. Francis Gargani, C.Ss.R, Peace and Social Justice Minister for the Redemptorist Order of Brothers and Priests of the Baltimore Province and PCMNY Board Member, whose work incorporates spirituality with the arts, hospitality, and interfaith outreach. We will also be recognizing our Maloof Family Young Peacebuilders: Paul Thomas, a senior at St. Raymond High School for Boys in the Bronx who has volunteered his time and talents in a hospital and soup kitchen and on a service trip helping to rebuild houses; Caroline Bandigan, a senior at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn who has served food to the homeless, been a companion to the elderly, and helped teach religion and martial arts to young children; and Jillian Eberlein, a junior at Notre Dame Academy H.S. in Staten Island who teaches conflict resolution strategies to elementary school girls in the Ophelia Project, helps with Meals on Wheels, and provides gifts to adults and children at a homeless shelter each Christmas Eve. The awards ceremony will take place in Casserly Hall below St. Joseph’s Greenwich Village Church, Washington Place just off Sixth Avenue, on Sunday, May 15th between 3 and 6 PM. Contact PCMNY at 212-420-0250, info@nypaxchristi.org, or http://www.nycharities.org/events/EventLevels.aspx?ETID=8977.


Upcoming or Ongoing Events:

May 14: “We Grow Together,” Pax Christi USA and Communities of Color workshop, Washington, D.C.

May 15: Pentecost

May 15: Peacemakers Awards Reception with Pax Christi Metro New York: Contact PCMNY to register now: 212-420-0250, info@nypaxchristi.org

May 21: Feast of Blessed Franz Jaeggerstaetter

May 23: Wendy’s Boycott National Day of Prayer (PCUSA has endorsed this action)

May 28-June 11: Christian Peacemaker Team delegation to Colombia

May 30: Memorial Day

June is Torture Awareness Month

June 6-July 6: Ramadan Project with the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms

June 7-12: Catholic Young Women’s Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C.

June 12-19: Laudato Si week

June 26-July 2: Torture Survivors Awareness Week

June 29-July 2: Starvin for Justice: Annual Fast and Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty in Washington, D.C. (Pax Christi USA has endorsed this action)

July 16-30: Christian Peacemaker Team delegation to Colombia

July 16-31: Christian Peacemaker Team delegation to Israel-Palestine

July 17-21: Social Action Summer Institute in Chicago

July 22-24: Changemakers, a new social justice program, San Antonio, TX

July 24: March for a Clean Energy Revolution

Aug. 12-14: Pax Christi USA National Gathering in Linthicum, MD



Pax Christi Maine member Bill Slavick published this op-ed on the recent conference in Rome on nonviolence … NCR did an in-depth interview with Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace Sr. Dianna Ortiz, OSU on her work against human trafficking … The southeastern South Dakota chapter of Pax Christi recently held a 15-minute Take Back the Site vigil for Baptiste White Eyes who was shot and killed in front of the Lucky Lady casino … PCUSA Ambassador of Peace Rev. John Dear penned this reflection on the life of Dan Berrigan, S.J., a Pax Christi USA Teacher of PeacePax Christi Phoenix is devoting time at their May 19th meeting to discussing the guidance and example of Pope Francis in our world … Pax Christi Metro D.C.-Baltimore member Scott Wright reflected on the season of Easter and an end to war … Listen to this interview with PCUSA Ambassador of Peace Rev. John Dear on his return from the nonviolence conference in Rome … PC Memphis hosted Jamie Goldring, a teacher who has worked with children for more than 30 years, to describe the methods she uses in her workshops to stem the violent behavior so prevalent in our schools and throughout society … Pax Christi San Antonio welcomes Congressional candidate Tom Wakely on May 14 to present his approach to social justice … Pax Christi Metro New York’s Spring edition of their newsletter Kerux is now online … Registration for the 2016 Pax Christi USA National Gathering in Maryland is now open … Pax Christi International’s May 2016 newsletter is online … See more local and regional updates in the Spring 2016 edition of The Peace Current

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.


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



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