Pax Christi at St. Benedict

Pax Christi is the Catholic peace movement.  It began shortly after WWII when some French and German Catholics were moved by the brutality and pointlessness of war, and together with their bishop started Pax Christi.  It soon came to the U.S., and we here at St. Benedict are part of Pax Christi USA.

The purpose of Pax Christi is to explore Gospel nonviolence, as preached and lived by Jesus.  The group at St. Benedict meets once a month for about an hour and a half.  Every meeting consists of prayer, study/discussion, and plan for action.  We have studied brief articles, listened to talks, watched videos, but mostly have done reading at whatever level we’ve chosen and discussed the implications for living lives of nonviolent love.

Here are some of the things that the St. Benedict group, along with the Phoenix Pax Christi group, has been involved in:

  • Holding a prayer service/vigil at the state capitol on the evening before every execution in Arizona.  Arizona has executed more people in the last few years than any state except Texas.
  • Participating in a penitential memorial walk through the town of Las Alamos, NM, on the weekend commemorating the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. (August)
  •  Participating in a pilgrimage to the Nevada Nuclear Test Site in solidarity with a group called the Nevada Desert Experience, a peace group based in Las Vegas.  (March)
  • Participation in an annual action at Ft. Benning, AL.  This facility trains soldiers from other countries who have been documented to use these techniques learned at the infamous “School of the Americas” to repress their own populations.  (November)
  • Local actions such as picketing, marching, visiting congressional representatives to urge the choice of nonviolent solutions.
  • Taking an annual Vow of Nonviolence, which St. Benedict Parish has sponsored the past two years.  This is a voluntary pledge to practice the nonviolence of Jesus by acting nonviolently in our lives over the next year.  Several dozen parishioners have made this choice the past few years.  (April)

Meeting Schedule

Pax Christi meets monthly on the 4th Wednesday at 7pm.  Generally we are located in the Sacristy.

Want to Learn More?

Please contact the Ministry Leader, Dave Zabor.

For more information about Pax Christi USA, its mission, how to join, etc., visit PaxChristUSA.  There are some thought-provoking articles there about the current situation in Syria.