Summer News: a sign-on letter, some PCMA web updates, and an important save-the-date

It’s summer, but peacemakers everywhere are busy!

  • Our friends in Pax Christi New Jersey have shared a sign-on letter, entitled “Statement of Christian Support for Student Ceasefire and Divestment Campaigns.” Pax Christi Massachusetts is a signatory, and we urge others to sign. The letter will be open for signatures until August 15. For more information, and links to sign on, please visit our PCMA Action Resources Page.
  • We have added content to our “Study Resources” and “Action Resources” pages. (These links are also on the left on our homepage.) Please take a look!
  • And last but not least we have a date and speaker for our Fall Assembly. We are excited to welcome peace activist and author Frida Berrigan on Saturday, November 2, 2024 at St. Susanna’s Parish in Dedham. Details to come; mark your calendars now!


Sunday, July 14, 2024; Join Archbishop Wester for an Interfaith commemoration of the Trinity Test

On Sunday, July 14th, 2024, the Saint John XXIII Catholic Community, 4831 Tramway Ridge Dr NE, Albuquerque, NM, will welcome in-person and virtual visitors for an interfaith prayer service and reflection in commemoration of the Trinity Test.

Doors Open at 2 PM (MST) (Mountain Standard Time).  [This event will be held from 4:00pm to 7:30pm Eastern Standard Time.]

The title of the event is: A World Without Nuclear WeaponsFrom Reflection to Action: An Interfaith Remembrance of the Trinity Test, and it is organized by The Archdiocese of Santa Fe; Interfaith Power & Light, New Mexico-El Paso; New Mexico Conference of Churches; Nuclear Watch New Mexico; Soka Gakkai International-USA, and Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium.



Nominations Now Open for PCMA Peacemaker Awards – Due September 1

Nominations for this year’s Peacemaker Awards, Adult and Youth categories, are now open! 

This award is given to outstanding peacemakers who embody the ideals of Pax Christi. Nominees need not be members of Pax Christi and may be as young as 16, or older. Nominations may be submitted by PCMA members, teachers, campus ministers, parish pastoral leaders, youth ministers, family members or friends who have been inspired by the nominee.

2024 Peacemaker Award Nomination Form

2024 John Leary Youth Peacemaker Award Nomination Form

List of awardees since the award’s inception in 1992

Deadline for submission is September 1. 

Video Now Available for Back from the Brink’s webinar: “A Conversation with Annie Jacobsen”

If you missed this timely webinar featuring a conversation with the author of the best-selling book Nuclear War, it’s now available to stream on YouTube! Ms. Jacobsen was joined by Archbishop John C. Wester (Archdiocese of Santa Fe); Eddie Laiche (a high school senior at John Burroughs High School in Burbank, CA and co-founder of Students for Nuclear Disarmament) and Dr. Ira Helfand (BftB Steering Committee member and a leader of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons). The event was moderated by Denise Duffield (BftB Steering Committee member and Associate Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles).

Register Now! Webinar with Annie Jacobsen, author of “Nuclear War,” May 29

Pax Christi MA is pleased to be a co-host for Back from the Brink’s virtual event with Annie Jacobsen, investigative journalist and New York Times bestselling author of Nuclear War: A Scenario, on Wednesday, May 29 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT.

Register here or at Back from the Brink’s website.

“World Without Nuclear Weapons” Forum Draws more than 1,000 Views

Our January 27th online forum, “Building a World Without Nuclear Weapons: An Urgent Imperative,” which we offered with Pax Christi USA, was a huge success, drawing about 500 participants on the live Zoom call, more than 200 on the Facebook livestream, and many more viewing the video posted below, which is hosted on the Pax Christi USA YouTube account.  If you couldn’t attend, or haven’t viewed it yet, please watch it and spread the link far and wide so as many folks as possible receive this critical message, so clearly expressed by these powerful speakers.

For more information, including a link to specific action items and a list of our 66 co-sponsor groups, please visit the January 27th Forum Page.

PCMA Announces Rep. Jim McGovern’s Participation in our January 27 Forum on Nuclear Weapons

Building a World Without Nuclear Weapons: An Urgent Imperative

An online forum to be held January 27, 2024, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Pax Christi Massachusetts thanks our Representative Jim McGovern for these powerful words and for being part of our forum, “Building a World Without Nuclear Weapons: An Urgent Imperative,” to be held this Saturday, January 27, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Zoom, featuring speakers:

  • Most Rev. John C. Wester, Archbishop of Santa Fe, NM
  • Dr. Ira Helfand, Past president of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and a member of the International Steering Board of ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
  • Marie Dennis, Catholic Nonviolence Initiative/Pax Christi International

We have reached our goal of 1,000+ registrants for this forum, which we proudly present with Pax Christi USA, but we know EVERYONE needs to hear these speakers on this topic! If you haven’t already, please use the link below to register!

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Massachusetts Rallies to Enforce the Leahy Law – 12 noon in Boston, Worcester & Springfield

RSVP now to join Tuesday rallies

Simultaneous rallies will be held at noon on Tuesday, January 23, 2024 at the Boston, Worcester and Springfield offices of Acting U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Joshua Levy, urging him to enforce the U.S. Leahy Law, which under current circumstances in Gaza and the West Bank, prohibits the shipment of U.S. weapons to the Israel Defense Forces.
The rallies have been initiated by the “Leahy Fast for Palestine Committee” in Northampton and are being organized with the gracious help of organizers in western MA, Worcester and Boston. 
Several Pax Christi Massachusetts (PCMA) Directors have been participating in the fast over the past month, and PCMA Co-Chair Phil Harak, a member of the PC Western MA local chapter, will address the rally in Springfield.
For more details, and to RSVP for the rallies, please visit the “Enforce the Leahy Law Rallies” page on Massachusetts Peace Action’s website.