Next gathering January 9 pm  • Quaker Meetinghouse, 3387 Walnut Grove at Prescott    

Pax Christi, the Peace of Christ, strives to create a world that reflects this peace by witnessing to the call of Christian nonviolence. Although the majority of members are Roman Catholic, Pax Christi is open to all people who want to work for peace in the spirit of the nonviolent Jesus.

Pax Christi Memphis meets the second Tuesday of every month at the Quaker Meetinghouse located at 3387 Walnut Grove, Memphis, TN 38111. Additional parking is available on Prescott, or in the Kroger Parking lot across the street.

For more information, or if you need a ride to our meeting, call Janice Vanderhaar at 362-9364.

Building peace, economic & interracial justice through a spirituality of nonviolence

Pope Francis declares nuclear disarmament a moral imperative

Members will report on discussion from Birmingham
retreat featuring movement leaders

A delegation from Pax Christi Memphis attended “A
Pilgrimage into Nonviolence,“ a Pax Christi retreat in Birmingham,Alabama December 8th - 10th. Pictured are Monica Juma, Janice Vanderhaar, Retreat Leader Rose Marie Berger, Marie Dennis, Co-President of Pax Christi International, and Ed Wallin. They will report on their retreat experience at this Tuesday’s meeting.

In a statement issued late last year, Pope Francis made history by condemning even the possession of nuclear weapons as morally wrong.
On Nov. 10, 2017, the Pope called together 350 people from around the world to participate in a Vatican Symposium on “perspectives for a world free from nuclear arms and for integral disarmament” organized by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Disarmament

At the Pax Christi Memphis meeting on January 9th, the strongest statement ever made by a standing pontiff concerning nuclear weapons will be the topic of discussion led by Janice Vanderhaar, Pax Christi USA, Ambassador of Peace, Dr. Monica Juma, Chair of Campaign Nonviolence Memphis and Ed Wallin, Veterans for Peace. The trio participated in a retreat held in Birmingham, AL, Dec. 9th-11th, hosted by peace movement icons Jim and Shelley Douglass, who run the Catholic Worker House there.
The leaders of the retreat were Marie Dennis, Co-President of Pax Christi International and Rose Marie Berger, journalist, theologian and author of many articles for Sojourners magazine. Both attended the Vatican Symposium and shared their first-hand impressions as to what is happening to push this whole historical move by the Pope and the Holy See. Long-time peace activists themselves, they were upbeat and excited by Pope Francis’ address.
Marie Dennis asked Janice to send all of Gerard Vanderhaar’s books to her as well as a copy of  Bishop Dozier’s first pastoral letter Peace: Gift and Task.  They will use these and many other resources as they continue to build the  momentum to rid the world of nuclear weapons and build a culture of peace and nonviolence.
Pope Francis calls us all to be ARTISANS OF PEACE. Please plan to attend this important meeting to hear the latest on how Pax Christi International and many other groups around the world are working together in a movement that will abolish the world’s nuclear weapons, so that we may answer the call of the Holy Father.
In what we celebrate each January as a tradition of the New Year, Pax Christi Memphis members will have an opportunity to renew our
Vow of Nonviolence during the meeting.
The gathering will also be preceded by our Potluck for Peace at 6:30 pm.
Please bring a dish to share and join us as we break bread together.

Monsignor Albert Kirk celebrates 50 years of priesthood with friends and family

Msgr. Kirk delivers the
homily at Holy Spirit.


This painting was unveiled at Fr. Kirk’s celebration.

Pax Christi Memphis member Monsignor Albert Kirk was honored at a mass celebrating the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood at the Church of the Holy Spirit on December 5th.
Present were Bishop Martin Holley, Bishop Emeritus Terry Steib plus numerous priests, deacons and religious from throughout the diocese. Friends and family traveled from across the state to join in celebrating this joyous milestone.
At a reception following the mass, a painting was unveiled that beautifully captures Fr. Kirk’s characteristic smile. It will reportedly hang at Holy Spirit where he pastored for many years.
Pax Christi members are fortunate that we benefit from the wisdom Fr. Kirk has shared in his teaching, the love he has shown us and the humble example he brings to our group. He led us in a thoughtful Advent discussion last month that presented an opportunity to pray and reflect on the struggle for peace in our violent world.


Remembering Sandy Hook

Victims of gun violence were remembered at a candlelight vigil on Dec. 13th near St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral downtown. Pictured at left are Pax Christi members Pat Crum, Jerry Bettice, Judy Bettice, Randell Lee Gamble and Karen Scott. Also present, but not pictured were Mimi Wade and Paul Crum.
Names of victims were read aloud, and many of those attending added the names of family members and loved ones who have fallen to gun violence.
The event, organized by Moms Demand Action, was held to bring awareness to the gun violence problem that plaques our nation on the eve of the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that occurred on December 14th, 2012, in Newtown, CT.

Our appreciation to Judy and Jerry Bettice for hosting a wonderful holiday party at their home on December 30th. It presented a chance for many of our Pax Christi friends and others to relax and share plans for the coming year. Thanks to Bobbie Donnelly for the photos. A Happy and Peaceful New Year to everyone!

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