Members of Holy Spirit Peace and Justice/Pax Christi USA local community attended the Pax Christi Texas State Conference held May 19, 2007, at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church Parish in Austin.
The theme of this years conference was “Be Doers of the Word: Working for Peace With Justice.” The conference keynote speaker was the Most Reverend Thomas Gumbleton, Retired Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit. Bishop Gumbleton is the Founding President of Pax Christi, USA and was a member of the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishop’s Committee that drafted the 1983 Pastoral Letter “The Challenge of Peace: Gods’ Promise and Our Response.”
Bishop Gumbleton’s conference address was based on Pope John Paul II’s World Peace Day Message of January 2002, made soon after the tragic events of 9/11, in which Pope John Paul II stated, “My reasoned conviction, confirmed in turn by biblical revelation, is that the shattered order cannot be fully restored except by a response that combines justice with forgiveness.”
Pax Christi members from throughout the state attended the Pax Christi conference. The six member local delegation represented approximately 50 Pax Christi members throughout the Rio Grande Valley.
Pax Christi USA strives to create a world that reflects the Peace of Christ by exploring, articulating, and witnessing to the call of Christian nonviolence. The organization rejects war, preparations for war, and every form of violence and domination. It advocates primacy of conscience, economic and social justice, and respect for creation.
Pax Christi USA commits itself to peace education and, with the help of its bishop members, promotes the gospel imperative of peacemaking as a priority in the Catholic Church in the United States.
For more information about Pax Christi, please visit www.paxchrstiusa.org. If you are interested in joining Holy Spirit Peace and Justice/Pax Christi local community, please contact Mark or Michelle Peña at 380-3731 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.