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Volume 14, Number 2, Winter-Spring 2008

Coordinators’ Corner
By Edouard Rocher In 1992, Father Bill Kremmell was the first coordinator of Pax Christi Massachusetts, and after 13 years of women‟s leadership, with Sister Jane Morrissey, followed by Mary Lees, then by Claudia Hunter and finally by the JFK team of Judy Rich, Faith Madzar and Kay Pfeiffer, two men are taking back the baton to face the challenge of leading our 800 members in their work for peace and justice. The first few months have already taught us that the job is not easy, and we admire what our predecessors have accomplished. We invite you to join us in praying that we carry efficiently the much-needed message of the nonviolent Jesus. As peace workers, we each have our own personal reasons to be a member of Pax Christi. We first want you to reflect on why you joined Pax Christi. I will give my personal reasons here below, after we tell you what we expect from you; Patrick will give you his in the next newsletter. Continued on page 2

Remembering Gordon Zahn
By John Stella When it comes to taking great leaps of courage, I sometimes hesitate to move forward. And so it was when I first met Gordon Zahn.

Gordon Zahn, 1918-2007 ( The morning session of Pax Christi Massachusetts‟s second annual assembly 14 years ago at Emmanuel College had just ended. As we were exiting the auditorium, I found myself close to Gordon, unsure if I should offer my congratulations for his receiving special recognition as an ambassador of peace. Continued on page 3

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Coordinators’ Corner
Continued from page 1 We want to encourage you to be more active in your parish, your diocese, and your county, to be more engaged in social, economic, and political life. The separation of Church and State is an important strength of our modern society, but it implies a delicate balance between moral and bottom-line choices. We have to remember the three temptations of Jesus in the desert. As followers of Jesus Christ and as citizens of the most powerful nation in the history of humankind, we have a special duty to be vigilant and well informed in establishing our priorities. Christ is counting on us. We want to help you become more active peacemakers. The best way to be a peacemaker is to be part of a local group in order to study and discuss current issues, pray for solutions, and plan to take action. You can find the list of our 12 local groups and the times of their monthly meetings on the back cover. If you are not active in a local group, please consider joining a group or starting a new one in your own parish, or in your area. Your group can become a resource for other members nearby. You can also contribute to this newsletter, share why you joined Pax Christi, attend our retreat and our assembly (see details in PC-MA calendar box on page 11), and participate in the different actions that we sponsor. More than ever, there is much to do, if we want to carry Christ‟s message of love and nonviolence! Besides my 10 years of Jesuit education, I have several personal reasons to work for peace and justice: war is wrong; there are other solutions; and usually on

both sides of a conflict, the poor are the main victims. I witnessed war, when I was not yet even a teenager; and I experienced it from the losing side. Around May 28, 1944, I was in a Jesuit boarding school in Avignon, in the south of France, and from the trenches dug in the courtyard I saw several American bombs falling near us. The targets were two bridges on the Rhone River; it was in preparation for the D-Day invasion (June 6). On that day in May, 2,000 people lost their lives; thousands more were wounded. Before being sent back home, we witnessed the true human cost of war when we passed near the Chapel, transformed into a mortuary. When we came back in October, after Liberation, we learned that our supervisor had been arrested and killed by the Germans. During the bombardment he was on the roof of the college directing the operation; two days before, he had suggested digging the courtyard trenches. Two years later, during the Easter 1946 vacations, at the very end of my soprano career, I was in the choir of “Franklin,” the Jesuit school in Paris, and we were on a singing tour in the middle of France. We stopped, prayed and sang in front of the ruins of the church in Oradour-sur-Glane, inside of which on June 10, 1944, 642 men, women and children were killed by 120 soldiers from the „SS Panzer Division Das Reich‟ on their way to Normandy. It was around that time in 1946 that Pax Christi was born of French and German parents. War and violence are not part of the solution in our mission to build the kingdom of God here on earth. Edouard Rocher and Patrick Whelan are co-coordinators of Pax Christi Massachusetts.


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Remembering Gordon Zahn
Continued from page 1 I decided that the moment was too precious to let pass. Quickening my pace and extending congratulations brought a tepid response – a clear indication that Gordon wasn‟t one to indulge in laurels. His life was an endless journey promoting resistance to military solutions. I had earlier heard about Gordon and the Pax Christi Center for War and Conscience from the more seasoned members of my PC Middlesex chapter who often utilized the resources of its headquarters near Harvard Square. In fact, I once accompanied them there to pick up pamphlets that were handed out every Monday morning to workers entering the Draper Lab complex near Kendall Square. The Center was founded in 1980 by Gordon, Charlie McCarthy (now Rev. Emmanuel Charles McCarthy, Director of Retreats at the Melkite Eparchy Seminary in Newton), and John Leary. They held the title of “Directors,” with specific wording in the Center‟s charter that required unanimous approval of all decisions. Financial support was provided by Bob Bentley, an ally in the endeavor. Daily operations were handled by Brayton Shanley (later cofounder of the Agape Community), Fr. Bob Nee (a diocesan priest), and John Botean (later ordained, and current Bishop of Canton, Ohio – the first bishop to write an explicit letter against the just war theory).

Gordon first met Charlie in 1969, during the Vietnam War, when, as Director of Programs for the Study of Nonviolence at Notre Dame University, Charlie invited him to lecture on war and conscience. When Charlie returned to the Boston area and John Leary joined them in founding the Center, three generations came together, merging wisdom, perseverance, and unbridled compassion. John rekindled in Gordon the motivations of his youth. It affirmed that a new generation was ready to confront war with conscience.

Pax Christi leaders Frs. George Zabelka (left) & Emmanuel Charles McCarthy (middle), with Gordon Zahn, 1986

John‟s untimely death in 1982 (see last issue of this newsletter), when he collapsed on the MIT bridge enroute home from the Center to Haley House in Boston‟s South End, was a tragic loss for everyone who knew him, particularly Gordon. The subsequent arrival of Michael Hovey reassured Gordon that his mission was in good hands. Years later, when Gordon realized that his mental agility was gradually dissipating, he decided to return to his native Milwaukee, where some relatives were still living. Having no siblings, he didn‟t wish to burden the friends he cultivated over the years in the Boston area with decisions beyond his control. Continued on page 6

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My Pain, My Loss, and My Thanks to God for Miracles
By Carlos Arredondo Lance Corporal Alex Arredondo phoned his Mom on August 24, 2004. During that conversation, Alex expressed concerns that there were many snipers and explained how to communicate with his girlfriend should something happen. His Mom reminded him that the next day was his Dad‟s birthday, and he responded that he would call. Alex was killed fifteen hours later.

I attempted to cross Alex‟s path, but instead I was kicked out of the van by a literal ball of fire. It was a miracle that I survived at all. I ended up with second and third degree burns on 26% of my body. It was also a miracle that the Ryder Trauma Center allowed me to be discharged after one week and fly to Boston where funeral services were held for Alex. My mother Luz and my wife Mélida contacted friends, who prepared a transfer. However, the doctor insisted that I could only transfer if a nurse or doctor accompanied me on the trip, an expense we could not afford. On August 30 my wife and mom came to visit me at the hospital, unexpectedly accompanied by Johnny Crespo‟s parents. Johnny served in the marines with Alex. In the course of the visit, we explained how we were trying to get to the funeral services. Fatefully, Johnny‟s father, Jose was an air medic. He wanted to pay his respects to Alex and then head to Bethesda, MD, where Johnny was hospitalized from being injured hours before my son was killed. We brought Jose‟s credentials to the attention of the hospital, and discharge was approved for September 1. With my wife and mom at my side, I was transported by ambulance to the airport. I was then transported by stretcher to a commercial flight and seated next to Jose. I endured the flight without painkillers and with pressure on my skin for the first time since the day of the fire. I had to see Alex again as well as be with my younger son Brian. At the Brigham and Women‟s Hospital in Boston, MA, I met with Dr. Brendan

Carlos (center) and Melida (right) Arredondo at PC-MA Assembly My name is Carlos Arredondo. My family and I were living in Florida on August 25, 2004, the day Alex was killed. That day, I was celebrating my 44th birthday when death came knocking at my door. From the time that the Marines arrived, they waited for my wife to come home from work. I pleaded for them to leave several times and could not accept that Alex was dead. In his first letter home, he wrote about his duties, responsibilities, wishes and his “path in life.” The denial I was feeling over such a great loss for me turned into self-destruction. I next set the US Marine‟s van on fire with myself inside.

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Pomohac, a burn specialist. He believed that I needed to have skin graft surgery promptly. He also knew that the funeral services were in the next few days and agreed to delay the surgery. Two days later, I attended my son‟s wake on a stretcher and was medicated to endure the pain. Prior to closing the casket for the last time, paramedics, marines and others aided me in getting as close as possible to Alex, as I rolled on top of him to pay my final respects. I kept apologizing to him for not doing anything to keep him alive. My tears fell on his face, removing his make-up, and I kissed him goodbye and repeated, “Rest in peace, rest in peace my son.” The bilingual funeral mass was at St. Thomas‟s Church, where I would take my sons years earlier. Msgr. Francis Kelley, our parish priest from Sacred Heart, co-presided. Alex was then placed in the hearse. His mother and family followed in a limousine. We followed next in the ambulance. Police escorted the endless procession that started in Boston and made its way through Dedham, Westwood and Norwood to Rural Cemetery in Walpole. As we stared out the windows of the ambulance, we saw residents and children with parents paying their respects along the route. At the cemetery, veterans, families and Walpole residents awaited us. When the priest finished burial services, my family convened our friends to participate in a Costa Rican tradition. We all watched my son‟s casket lowered into the ground and then threw in dirt and flowers. We remained until all of the dirt was placed in the grave to lay a

carpet of flowers on top. Alex was laid to rest on September 4, 2004. Three days later, prior to surgery, the doctor checked my burns. The amazing result was that I no longer required surgery. The few days‟ delay had led my skin to begin healing. An angel was watching over me. I thank God for the miracle of being father to my two sons, being able to say goodbye to my son in his open casket and to experience the twenty years and twenty days of Alex‟s life. Carlos Arredondo of Roslindale thanks his wife Melida for her help with this article. The Arredondos received a Peacemaker Award at the PC-MA annual assembly (see page 11). _________________________________

Alexander Scott Arredondo Born: Boston, MA, 8-5-84 KIA: An Najaf, Iraq, 8-25-04 (

A Letter Home
From Alex Arredondo
Mom & Dad, Today is Sunday, January 19, 2003. I’ve been out at sea for three days now, and I’m starting to feel better. The first two days I was completely sick from seasickness and

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some virus. Everyday I come outside [on the deck] of the ship and write letters, whale watch (which isn’t that great because I haven’t seen any, but there are plenty of dolphins that swim alongside the ship), watch the horizon and sunset, etc. This seems so unreal to me. I’ve never seen water this BLUE before. I’ve never looked 360 degrees around me and seen nothing but water, clouds, the sun, and a fleet of battleships surrounding me. Tomorrow is one of my many, many training days on ship to prepare me for my mission. I will also be training a short time in Kuwait. This is hard for me to comprehend. It seems like my whole life changed in an instant. Yesterday I was in a classroom learning about trigonometry and history. I graduated, went to boot camp, went to school, graduated as a grunt, was sent across the country to train, and now I’m being sent across the world to fight. Today I am in a classroom learning about “Tactical Urban Combat” and “Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Warfare,” in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, on my way to experience firsthand what I am learning about. I am not afraid of dying. I am more afraid of what will happen to all the ones that I love if something happens to me. Soon enough I will be in the desert outside the city of Baghdad, in full combat gear, ready to carry out my mission, wondering how this all happened so fast, wishing I was back home going to school, dating Sheila, taking care of my family. Although I think this way now, I am almost certain that if I didn’t walk this path, I would be wondering to myself why didn’t I make the other decision? Why didn’t I walk the path of a proud warrior, a marine? Just because I wonder “what if” doesn’t mean I’m not proud. It doesn’t mean I feel like I made the wrong decision. It doesn’t mean I have any regrets. I’m still proud to be fighting for my country. I feel like if I’m not

helping one way, I should still do all I can to help “Operation Enduring Freedom.” I need to send this letter in the next hour for it to get to you by Tuesday or Wednesday. I love you both very much, and I wish I could keep writing, but I’ve got to go. Love you. PFC Arredondo/United States Marine Corps P.S. What’s up Brian? I feel so lucky to be blessed with the chance to defend my country less than 6 months after I joined the military. Some marines have been in for over 20 years and still haven’t seen combat. I’m also lucky to have such a wonderful family. I know how much you love me and support me, and that keeps me going. I love you, brother. Your big brother – Private First Class Arredondo/USMC


Remembering Gordon Zahn
Continued from page 3 He spent his last evening in Boston as a dinner guest of Alice and Charlie Pugh in Arlington. I had the privilege of transporting him there and later returning him to his apartment in the Prudential Center. The Pughs‟ home was a welcoming experience for everyone who crossed its threshold. Gordon enjoyed the evening sans his usual martini! I returned the following morning, before Gordon‟s departure, to collect books, essays, and pamphlets that Gordon had authored and wanted to donate to Pax Christi Massachusetts for distribution in whatever manner.


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As I scanned the unfurnished surroundings, I noticed that the walls were nearly bare except for photos of John Leary and Mike Hovey, and a couple of nondescript paintings. Cartons of possessions – mostly his writings – nearly ready for shipping were clustered around the living room. Noticing my interest in what they contained, he invited me to select whatever I wanted. I selected In Solitary Witness and German Catholics and Hitler’s Wars. He kindly autographed the former. Since childhood I have been riveted by the origins and consequences of the European experience of World War II. I could not have been more grateful to receive Gordon‟s detailed accounting of human wrongdoing. On a lighter note, Gordon escorted me to the panel of windows spanning the outer wall, pointing out where a pair of eagles had made a home on a nearby ledge. He took delight in their territorial integrity. Gordon did his best not to show outward signs of emotion during these final moments in our midst. In deference to the occasion, I limited my comments to wishing him well. He knew the passage of time would eventually fog his memories. But he left a legacy for the rest of us to challenge complacency and submissiveness, which would betray our call to conscience and witness. Requiescat in pace. John Stella is a PC Massachusetts Board member and co-editor, with Mike Moran, of this newsletter. He thanks Rev. Emmanuel Charles McCarthy for his contributions to this article. Blessed Franz Jaegerstatter, 1907-1943

Franz Jaegerstatter, the Austrian farmer who is the subject of Gordon Zahn‟s In Solitary Witness and who was executed by the Nazis for his refusal to serve in the German army during World War II, was beatified by the Church in Rome on October 26, 2007. ________________________________

Human Rights, Israel, and Palestine
By Faith Madzar On February 7, 2008, over 75 people gathered for a program presented by Pax Christi Metrowest. "Human Rights & the Israeli-Palestinian Struggle" was the title of the panel discussion. The three panelists were Claire Shaeffer- Duffy of the Catholic Worker House in Worcester MA, Abby Yanow of Jewish Voice for Peace & United for Justice With Peace, and John Roberts of the Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights. John and his wife recently returned from a trip to Bethlehem where they set up a sister city program. His presentation focused on the timeline of events over the past sixty+ years, from which those present gained a better understanding of the current situation in Palestine and Israel. He noted that Israel is the "fifth

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largest military power in the world, with a nuclear arsenal.” The Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights, is an excellent source of information about Palestinian support ( Abby spoke first from her personal experience of growing up in an American Jewish family, who had also lived in Israel between 1972 and 1979. As she spoke about her evolving journey from living in a kibbutz and serving in the Israeli army to becoming an American peace activist, Abby said she came to a new understanding of the forty year+ Israeli occupation of Palestinian land. Her gentle forthrightness and courage was deeply impressive, and she called her personal evolution a "conversion experience.” More information is available at the web sites for Jewish Voice for Peace ( and United for Justice With Peace (, both of which Abby represented on the panel. Claire Schaeffer-Duffy traveled to both Palestine and Israel this past fall. She went with a group of American Jewish young adults. The tour was planned through Birthright Unplugged (, an organization created by two American women - one Muslim, the other Jewish. Claire spoke most directly about the suffering of the Palestinians and the gradual awakening by some of the Jewish people she was traveling with to the plight of the Palestinians. She brought the spiritual dimension of her faith and Pax Christi to her talk, seeing ultimately the hardships of both sides. In preparing for this event, the members of our PC group spent four months

meeting, discussing and educating ourselves. We read Jimmy Carter‟s book Peace, Not Apartheid, and viewed two documentaries about the plight of the Palestinians: "The Iron Wall," and "Occupation 101." Some of us also attended a talk by Jeff Halper, who has organized the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions-USA (ICAHD) in Israel, which helps rebuild Palestinian homes that have been destroyed by Israeli bulldozers. The panel was the culminating action of our prayer and study of the devastation in Palestine. More information about resources, films, and local meetings about these topics is available from PC Metrowest member Jan Leary at Faith Madzar is a member of Pax Christi Metrowest

Pax Christi Boston Report
By Chris Abbey From the far reaches of the Metropolitan Boston Area the members of Pax Christi Boston gather, courtesy of the Paulist Community, in the Paulist Center Library every 2nd Monday from 7-9 P.M., September- June. Assembled at the Round Table, we rejoice in the Love of the Spirit of the God within each one of us. And we listen to the truth pouring from the Spirit of the God among us. Over the past year, we were nourished through shared study and reflection on the insights of Eileen Eagan‟s Peace Be With You. This process prepared us to make our contribution to Pax Christi USA‟s Called to Something New.


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Ongoing over the past 5 years we have spoken out in coalition with other local peace and justice groups to stop the establishment of the BU Level 4 Biolab. We have attended neighborhood meetings, public hearings, and court proceedings. We have listened to scientific experts, ethicists, safety commissioners, and people of the Roxbury/Cathedral neighborhood where the lab is being built. We are convinced that ultimately, the lab will develop biological weapons of death for the U.S. Government. The establishment of the lab has been delayed because of the faulty environmental study done by NIH. We will continue our vigilance and protest as time goes on. This fall we began the challenge of reading and sharing reflections on The Search for a Nonviolent Future, by Michael N. Nagler. Nourished by our study, sometimes confusion, and being together in community, we pray to continue the struggle of keeping our vow of nonviolence through advocacy, working for justice and peace and living a simple life style, wherever we are, individually and in coalition and solidarity with others. Some of us have diligently continued a public fast calling for the end to torture and the closure of the Guantanamo prison. Some have spoken out against the sale of guns in their city. Others are faithfully petitioning our Archbishop to prophetically speak out: for Justice; to stop the biolab; against war; and for peace based in nonviolence and the love of all life. And we all struggle to know and be who we are as Pax Christi. During Lent we participated in “A Lenten Action of Prayer and Fasting in American Cathedrals.” We call on the

Church to “turn away from sin and follow the Gospel” of our brother, the nonviolent Jesus. Chris Abbey is a member of the Pax Christi Boston group.

PC La Salette Report
By Jackie Peltier Looking back on the past year, the La Salette Pax Christi group in Attleboro, Massachusetts, has undertaken what feels to be a good mix of prayer, study, and action. It is less than two years in existence, and its initial members had no experience with Pax Christi. On August 21, 2007, we held a Remembrance of Planting at the Saint Francis grotto on the grounds of the LaSalette Shrine. Two rose bushes named The Peace Rose were planted during a prayer service and blessing. As part of their study over the past year, the fledgling community worked through the” ten-part process in the spirituality and practice of active nonviolence” From Violence to Wholeness, by Ken Butigan, using the talents of different members to facilitate each chapter. Also, a great deal of time and effort went into developing the response to the national initiative Called to Something New. Both experiences led to a greater understanding of how deep is our involvement in and enabling of violence and injustice. On August 4, 2007, LaSalette Pax Christi hosted Mother Antonia Brenner, called “The Prison Angel” at the Shrine. She spoke about her ministry in the Tijuana, Mexico prisons for over 30 years and the success she has had in turning the hearts of hardened criminals‟ to a more loving attitude. Members also

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attended the Rhode Island chapter‟s evening on the “Just War Theory” presented by Kevin Regan and Edward Sirois. In response to an article in The Anchor, the Diocese of Fall River newspaper, inviting people to commit to the daily recitation of one Hail Mary for Peace from August 15, 2007 to May 1, 2008, many in the group signed up. In addition to signing petitions sent from Pax Christi USA, our membership has written their congress people voicing their concerns on genocide, nuclear proliferation, and the Iraq Oil Law. One member sent a letter to the editor of the local newspaper reacting to a story about homosexuality by urging the writer of the piece to respect the dignity of all people. On the positive side, we sent letters to Rhode Island Senators Kennedy and Whitehouse praising their stand opposing water boarding and the nomination of Michael Mukasey for United States Attorney General. Our first and last activity of each meeting is prayer. Our community is blessed with the talents of a writer of beautiful poetic prayers, and others have brought published prayers they found especially moving. Our work has led members to search for ways to pray ever more peacefully. Jackie Peltier is a member of the LaSalette Pax Christi group. ________________________________ th

assembly to the College of the Holy Cross high above Worcester on Saturday, November 10, 2007. In the spirit of this quincenera, the bilingual theme for the day was “Nuestro Tiempo Es Ahora!,” or “Our Time Is Now!: The Gifts and Challenges of Belonging in a Multicultural Church and Society.” The morning program featured Dr. Arturo Chavez, President of the Mexican American Cultural Center in San Antonio, Texas, and a member of the Pax Christi USA Board of Directors. Recalling the Mexican roots of his own family, Dr. Chavez focused on culture as a means of appreciating the “wonderful diversity of our world,” in which God loves each human person and “seeds of truth are found in every culture.” We Christians are “gifted,” he said, with Jesus as a model of bringing all cultures together to overcome the racism that permeates American history and persists to some degree in American society. A vivid example of this racism was portrayed in the thirty-minute film The Invisible Chapel, which Dr. Chavez showed at the end of his presentation. The film documents a community of migrant workers in San Diego County, California and the support they received from local Catholics, who collaborated with them for several years in setting up a makeshift outdoor chapel where they celebrated Sunday Mass together. County authorities ended the project when a group of area landowners complained that the chapel community was disturbing the peace and lowering the value of their property. Peacemaker Awards were then presented to: Carlos and Melida Arredondo of Roslindale, for their courageous efforts

Our Time Is Now: 15 Anniversary Assembly
By Mike Moran

Bright skies and blustery winds welcomed 75 participants in Pax Christi Massachusetts‟s 15th anniversary


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to end the war in Iraq after their twentyyear-old son Alex was killed there in 2004; Sheila Provencher of Boston, for her two years of service with a Christian Peacemaker Team in Baghdad and her work on behalf of Iraq War refugees since returning to the United States; and Edouard and Francoise Rocher of Centerville, for their exemplary leadership of Pax Christi on Cape Cod.

Coming Events…
April 5: PC-MA 16th Annual Retreat, with Sr. Patricia McCarthy, CND, Attleboro April 11-12: “Easter Rising: Discipleship Today” - a retreat with Edwina Gately - St. Susanna Parish, Dedham. Cost: $50 July 10-13: PC-USA National Conference, Network & Catholic Alliance– Philadelphia October 31-November 2: PC-MA Assembly, with Fr. John Dear, SJ. ___________________________________

Board of Directors 2007-2008
Jeanne Allen, Secretary 10 Sutton Place Easthampton, MA 01027 413-527-0037 Fr. Robert Bruso 2 Beekman Street Fitchburg, MA 01420 978-342-4706 Pat Ferrone 238 Harris Avenue Needham, MA 02492-3332 781-449-3890 Phil Harak 6 Geryk Ct Southampton, MA 01073 413-529-9801 Ronald Holman 15 Chris Drive N. Attleboro, MA 02760 508-695-3896 Claudia Hunter, Treasurer 84 Fayette Street Watertown, MA 02472 617-923-6204 Fr. Bill Kremmel 300 Haverhill Street Reading, MA 01867 781-944-330 Tiffany Lee, Youth P. O. Box 1348 Worcester, MA 01610 203-218-4873 Mike Moran, Editor 135 Shearer Street Palmer, MA 01069 413-283-5716 Sr. Jane Morrissey, SSJ 22 Sheldon Street Springfield, MA 01107 413-732-4528 Kay Pfeiffer 40 Walnut Street Natick, MA 01760 508-653-2339 Judy Rich 63 Park Avenue Natick, MA 01760 508-653-0893 Edouard*/Francoise Rocher 77 Old Post Road Centerville, MA 02632 508-771-6737 Larry Rose 51 Old Stagecoach Road Attleboro, MA 02703 508-399-7034 John Stella, Editor 5 April Lane, #24 Lexington, MA 02421 781-274-6997 Patrick Whelan, MD, PhD* P. O. Box 290331 Boston, MA 02128 617-688-4290

Francoise and Edouard Rocher receive their Peacemaker Award. After a convivial lunch break, members of PC-MA were welcomed to their annual business meeting by the new chapter coordinators, Edouard Rocher and Patrick Whelan, who hope to increase chapter membership and activity, especially among young people on college campuses, and to increase Pax Christi‟s statewide visibility through media coverage and collaboration with other organizations. Members then elected a new board of directors for 2007-2008 (right column of this page). The quincenera assembly gave much inspiration for the continuing vitality and future growth of PC-MA. Mike Moran is a Pax Christi-MA board member and co-editor, with John Stella, of this newsletter.

*Coordinators Sally Markey 37 Overlook Drive Springfield, MA 01118 413-739-3278;

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Local Groups
Boston (Citywide) P.C. Cornelia Sullivan Paulist Center, 5 Park St Boston, MA (617) 742-4460 Mtgs 2nd Monday, 7:00 PM Cape Cod P.C. Edouard & Francoise Rocher 77 Old Post Road Centerville, MA 02632 (508) 771-6737 Mtgs 2nd Wed, 9:30 AM Our Lady of Victory Centerville, MA 02632 Central Mass P.C. Sue Malone 45 Adams Street (508) 366-2050 Contact for meeting info Fall River P.C. Estelle Roach 102 S. Main St, #407 Fall River, MA 02721 508-673-6023 Contact for meeting info Holy Cross P.C. Tiffany Lee College of the Holy Cross 1 College St, Box 1348 Worcester, MA 01610 (203) 218-4873 Meetings and activities geared to college calendar Metro West P.C. Faith Madzar 24 Grove Street Natick, MA 01760 (508) 655-0268 Contact for meeting info Middlesex P.C. Claudia Hunter 84 Fayette Street Watertown, MA 02472 (617) 923-6204 Contact for meeting info National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette P.C. Bob Richard 947 Park Street 401-568-5689 Mtgs 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 7:15 Chapel of Reconciliation North Central Mass P.C. Fr. Bob Bruso, St. Anthony Church, 2 Beekman Street Fitchburg, MA 01420 (978) 342-4706 Mtgs 1st Friday, 7:00 PM Rhode Island P.C. Catherine Fochler-McElroy (401) 723-0504 Fr. George Behan (401) 847-0065 St. William Parish 200 Pettaconsett Ave Warwick, RI 02888 Mtgs last Sunday, 7:00 PM Star of the Sea P.C. Sr. Julie Kane, SND St. Mary’s Parish 15 Chapman St Beverly, MA 01915 (978) 922-1459 Mtgs 2nd Tuesday, 7:00 PM St. Mary’s Convent Western Mass P.C. Fred & Pat Roberts 32 Leonard Street Agawam, MA 01001-3308 (413) 786-8580 Mtgs 2nd Friday, 7:00 PM Mont Marie, Holyoke

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