Register Now for the Pax Christi USA National Gathering

Next month, join Pax Christi USA at their national gathering to learn strategies to end racial injustice and violence.  Titled “Building the Beloved Community: Addressing the Signs of the Times with Bold Conversations Leading to Transformative Actions,” the gathering will take place August 12-14, 2016 in Linthicum, MD.

The gathering keynote speakers include experts such as Lisa Sharon Harper of Sojourners, Adrienne L. Hollis and Kerene Taylor of WE ACT for Environmental Justice, and Rev. Rocco Puopolo, s.x. of Global Youth Mission Services for the Xaverian Missionaries. Bringing together experienced scholars and practitioners, the gathering will be an educational and formative experience.

Hotel reservations are to be made before July 18, 2016. Make your reservations with the discounted rate here and download the registration packet here!

How does your college or university work to end racial injustice? Let us know!

Preparing for Advent

Pax Christi USA’s 2015 Advent reflection booklets are now available for pre-orders. Orders must be made before September 17 to ensure the booklets will arrive before the beginning of Advent. This year, the booklet is entitled “The Promise of Light: Reflections for Advent 2015” and is authored by Rev. John Rausch, Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace, and Nelson Araque, a Catholic Climate Ambassador with the Catholic Climate Covenant.

This booklet is perfect for individual or group reflection, small group prayer and study, a homily resource, daily prayer with family throughout the season, and more.

A PDF sample with three reflections can be found here, and for more information or to place your order click here.

Peace and Justice Resources for Lent

Are you looking for resources to enrich your Lenten journey?  We are pleased to share several resources from our colleagues working for peace and justice:

-The Justice for Immigrants Campaign has produced a toolkit entitled Immigration Reform: Your Lenten Promise, inviting you to pray, fast, learn, give and advocate for just and humane immigration reform, in solidarity with immigrants and refugees.

-Focusing on climate change during Lent?  In anticipation of Pope Francis’ upcoming encyclical on care for creation and the environment, Ignatian Solidarity Network has released Renewing the Face of the Earth, a Lenten reflection series on protecting God’s creation and fighting climate change.  Sign up for daily updates on the website!  In addition, the Global Catholic Climate Movement has organized a fast for climate justice during Lent 2015.  Catholics from more than 45 countries will fast from food or activities that produce carbon dioxide during each of the 40 days of Lent.  The U.S. fasting date is set for March 16.

-Pax Christi USA has set up a special webpage for Lenten reflections, prayers, and resources.  Visit the webpage to sign up for weekly Lenten reflections!

-Catholic Relief Services is celebrating the 40th year of Rice Bowl, a faith-in-action Lenten program dedicated to changing the lives of the poor through fasting, prayer and almsgiving.  Visit the CRS Rice Bowl site to participate in the program.  You can download the app, watch the new videos on “What is Lent?”, and view simple meatless international recipes to cook during Lent as part of the program.

-USCCB encourages U.S. Catholics to pray, fast, and give during Lent.  Lenten resources are listed on their website, including Pope Francis’ Lenten message and a special Lenten calendar.