Monday, May 29, 2006

Monthly Meetings

Pax Christi Portland normally meets monthly
for prayer, study and action
in St. Paul's Chapel (part of the St Philip Neri Paulist Center),
SE 16 & Division, Portland Oregon
1st Monday of the Month at 7pm
All are welcome!

About Us

Pax Christi Portland was founded in January 2003 by a group of everyday folks looking for a group with which to pray, study and act for peace. We are a Chapter of Pax Christi USA, the national Catholic Peace Movement. We meet at 7:00 PM the first Monday of every month in the chapel at the Paulist Center/St. Philip Neri Church. Please join us!

Pax Christi USA is the national Catholic peace movement of 14,000 members who are committed to the spirituality of nonviolence. Our membership includes over 140 bishops and approximately 230 local groups. 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. This work begins in personal life and extends to communities of reflection and action to transform structures of society. Pax Christi USA 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 is a section of Pax Christi International, the Catholic Peace Movement. In 1945, a small group of Catholics in France began to meet regularly to pray for peace. They were troubled by the fact that French and German Catholics, who professed the same faith and celebrated the same Eucharist, had killed one another by the thousands during World War II. Knowing that this was not the will of God, they prayed for forgiveness, reconciliation and the Peace of Christ. This was the birth of Pax Christi, which literally translated means "the Peace of Christ." Today Pax Christi is active in over 30 countries with a growing presence in Latin America and Africa. Pax Christi has consultative status as a non-governmental organization at the United Nations.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Pax Christi Portland In the News

Take a stand for gospel peace
Editorial, The Catholic Sentinel, February 4, 2005

Catholics take a leadership role in Portland peace rally
The Catholic Sentinel, October 14, 2004

Pax Christi leader speaks in Portland
The Catholic Sentinel, May 30, 2003

"Pax Christi Returns to Portland with a Message of Peace,"
by Shelby Oppel The Sunday Oregonian, May 11, 2003

"Catholics, others rally against war,"
by Kristen HannumThe Catholic Sentinel, March 20, 2003

"Pax Christi USA opens Portland chapter,"
by Ed LangoisThe Catholic Sentinel, February 14, 2003

"Parishes continue to deal with just-war questions"
by Ed LangoisThe Catholic Sentine, January 10, 2003

"Take a stand for gospel peace"

"Take a stand for gospel peace"
Editorial in 2/4/05 Catholic Sentinel

In his church bulletin, Father Bruce Brown of Sacred Heart Parish in Portland asks his people to pray for peace in Iraq.

A longtime Air Force chaplain, he knows what he is saying when he writes week after week, "The war is going on too long."

Whatever our political leaning, we all want the violence to stop in Iraq and are hopeful the elections will serve as a major step forward.

Meantime, along with Father Brown, we are convinced that prayer can have a long-term positive effect.

Pax Christi Portland, Catholics devoted to peace, are taking this kind of prayer public. They will gather in Pioneer Courthouse Square from 7:30 am to 8 am every Tuesday until Easter.

Their usual practice is standing as a quiet, respectful and clear-headed presence. They want peace on all sides of the conflict, which is the only way to approach the Iraq problem effectively.
Pax Christi organizers are encouraging parishes, organizations and individuals to join in the prayer and fasting as a Lenten practice.

As busy workers with cups full of lattes and mochas scurry by, this group of Catholics will be making a stand for the gospel.

They could well be taunted, but we recall that Jesus said "Blessed are they who ar persecuted for the sake of righteousness."

Most of all, we hope some office workers will join the vigil spontaneously and let the Lord of peace touch their hearts.

"Pax Christi returns to Portland with a message of peace"

"Pax Christi returns to Portland with a message of peace"
The Oregonian05/11/03

Pax Christi, an international Catholic organization that promotes nonviolence, has re-emerged in Portland to add another Catholic voice to issues of peace and justice. A Pax Christi chapter existed in Portland in the 1980s but not in recent years, said Susan Francois, a founder of the new chapter. The group, which claims about 35 Catholic members from parishes around metro Portland, intends to sponsor educational speakers and to create other forums for people of faith to respond to violence and militarism, and to address matters of economic justice, racial equality and globalization.

The group's inaugural public event, a talk by Pax Christi's national coordinator, Dave Robinson, drew about 115 people to St. Andrew Catholic Church in Northeast Portland last week. Robinson criticized the Bush administration's rationale for war with Iraq and had harsh words for the U.S. media, which he said cannot be trusted to tell the truth.

These are "terrible times" for Americans who speak out against war, Robinson said. High school teachers and college instructors have been fired or censured for protesting the Iraq war, and the media have "demonized" celebrities who used their fame to promote antiwar views, he said.

In such a climate, Robinson said, groups such as Pax Christi are important for their willingness to speak out despite the risks. In the United States, the organization has 14,000 members, including 140 bishops and 230 local chapters.

The local chapter of Pax Christi may help fill a void left by the dissolution of the Office of Justice and Peace of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland. Frank Fromherz, the office director, was dismissed in April. Two other employees, the Rev. Loren Kerkof and Margaret Speck, will be laid off at the end of June. Archdiocese officials said they were among 18 employees laid off for budget reasons.

Fromherz, an outspoken antiwar activist, contends that his activism got him fired. Fromherz, Kerkof and Speck were given service awards by the Pax Christi chapter.

"We are hoping that through Pax Christi, and through all the parish peace and justice commissions, we can still somehow manage to work with each other and to get some kind of support and leadership from the archdiocese until such time as the funds (for an office of justice and peace) are available again," Francois said.

Pax Christi meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of the month at the Paulist Center at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 2408 S.E. 16th Ave. For information, call 503-234-1611 or e-mail or

Shelby Oppel: 503-221-5368;