March 25 Meeting Minutes

Pax Christ STL Meeting

March 25, 2014

7:00 – 8:30 pm

St Alphonsus Liguori  “Rock” Church


Present:  Wilma, Sr. Carla Mae, John P, Patricia, Christine, Kathy, Heather, Laura, Tom, Fr. Jim, Gary, Mary Pat, Sr. Mary Catherine, Sr. Ida, Sr. Barbara and Carol (and Thomas VI!).


Kathy gave an update on the PCUSA team coming to St. Louis to hold a day-long outreach to adult Catholics of Color.·      Planning is going well. The event will take place on Saturday, April 12 from 9:30 am – 4:00 pm at Cardinal Ritter High School.

·      The goal is to have 30 people at the meeting, including 10 members of the local Pax Christi group, 10 African American Catholics and 10 Latino Catholics.

·      Javier O., Director of Hispanic Ministry for the Archdiocese of St. Louis and Leon H., President, Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School, have participated in a conference call with the PC USA staff, agreed to join the meeting personally and to help invite people to participate.

o   It was suggested we find out who is the moderator for the St. Joseph’s Campus Chapter, so we can invite him/her. Also invite Rob G. from SLU High?

·      PC USA has a budget to put on the event, but may need some support and lodging.  Laura and Tom, Heather and Mary Pat offered to house out of town guests.



·      We have a new Web site! Tom, Laura and Heather obtained the domain name There is a first draft of a site up now, so the infrastructure is in place to update it. Laura asked for feedback on what should be included on the new website. Ideas included:

o   Other social justice events

o   Prayers of the faithful

o   Notes from PC St Louis meetings

o   Link to PC USA

o   List local PC Campus Chapters (St. Joseph’s Academy, SLU High – others?)

o   Link our work to PC USA by including their org description /mission/vision and 4 Priority Areas. Then present how we are living this out in St. Louis.

o   Once established, have links to our subcommittees’ work, such as drones, military budget, City of Compassion, etc.

·      We still need to work out our group e-mail communication. Laura, Tom and Heather will determine the best way for us to get everyone receiving all communication. This may be the yahoo group, or something through our new website.



Going Forward

Laura asked the group what we should focus on going forward.


Prayers of the Faithful:

·      This was suggested again as a simple act we could do as a group, to provide peace and/or justice-focused (within the Pax Christi focus areas?) prayers of the faithful to parishes across the Archdiocese.

·      Mary Pat offered to assemble the contact list for parishes and to be responsible to send them out. She needs others in the group to pick up to 5 parishes (or more), to find out where she would send the petitions (most likely the Liturgy planner at each parish) and send that information to her.

·      We will start with Prayers of the Faithful that are already being written by the Peace and Justice committee at St. Alphonsus “Rock” Church, but will eventually pass responsibility to write the petitions around the group.



S. Louis training by Pax Christi Anti-Racism Team (PCART):

·      This could be open to anyone and a good opportunity to reach new people.

·      Possibly connect with Christ Church Cathedral downtown. They are working on anti-racism as well.

·      Also reach out to Pax Christi campus chapters in St. Louis

·      We created a subcommittee to work on this. The subcommittee now includes:

o   Heather

o   Fr. Jim

o   Kathy

o   Others are welcome to join!


Announcements and Sharing from others:

·      It is valuable to hear about what others are experiencing.


City of Compassion:

·      Sr. Carla Mae is working on this and would invite others to join so Pax Christi is represented.

·      She will bring the Charter to the next meeting so we can learn more about what it means to be a City of Compassion. In the meantime, you could Google “Charter of Compassion” to learn more.

·      Carol Mock volunteered to be on this subcommittee.



·      Pax Christi Metro DC is working on a drone campaign, which they have invited us to join.

·      Peace Economy Project

·      Military budget: There is an opportunity in St. Louis to shift from Boeing making the F18 to other, more productive machinery. There will be a big loss of jobs in St. Louis as the military no longer wants F18s and we need to be ready. Sr. Barbara offered to bring a letter for us to sign at the next meeting.


Announcements and News to Share

·      Sr. Mary Catherine made an announcement about Obligations of Justice and Love, A symposium examining inequality and solidarity on the 50th anniversary of Gaudium et Spes on Thursday, March 27. There are panel discussions during the day at 1:00, 3:00 and 4:30 and keynote speaker, Meghan J. Clark,  will speak at 7:00 pm in the Lewis Room of the Jack C. Taylor Library. Flyer about the event is attached.

·      Fr. Jim talked about the planned execution of Jeffrey Ferguson (since completed). He reported on Ferguson’s life in prison and how he has accepted responsibility for his crime and turned his life around, helping other prisoners. He then read a prayer from Sr. Helen Prejean.  He then invited others to join a prayer vigil for Jeffrey Ferguson taking place that night on the steps of College Church.

·      Sr. Ida reported on a March 18 Feedback Forum that took place in Forest Park on a report done by St. Louis University called “A Report on the Health and Well-Being of African Americans in St. Louis.” She reported that the information was very well presented and potentially useful in our work. See more at:

·      Heather  reported on some of her work with her organization, Missouri Coalition for the Environment. Prayer Vigils are still taking place every 2ndand 4th Wednesday at the Bridgeton Landfills. She also reported on organizing being done in anticipation of President Obama’s signing off on the Keystone XL pipeline. If it is given the green light, within 7-10 days, there will be an action at a federal building downtown, with up to 8 people being trained to be arrested.

·      Kathy reported on work the Peace and Justice Committee is doing around Medicaid expansion. There will be lobbying in Jefferson City and an initiative called Operation Lamping. Facts: the State of MO loses $5 million annually because we are not doing Medicaid expansion and 250,000 people are not getting healthcare.

·      Sr. Carla Mae  reported that the Faith and Labor Alliance will meet Thursday morning (3/27/14) at Maggie O’Brien’s, working on a petition for early voting in Missouri. Wilma had copies of the petition so it was passed around and signed by several members of the group.


Next Steps:

·      Mary Pat send:

o   Bulletin text

o   Lists of parishes already submitted (Jim and Mary Catherine’s list included below)

o   The full Bulletin 1-Pager – You can find the document at the following link: and in Spanish:

·      Laura, Heather and Tom will figure out what the electronic communication format will be going forward.

·      Everyone pick (up to) five parishes to send the bulletin insert and try to get some information circulating about Pax Christi St. Louis. Please send your list of parishes to Mary Pat. Use the same five parishes for the next step below…

·      Send Mary Pat contact information for the Liturgy planner at your parishes to receive the PC STL Prayers of the Faithful.

·      Laura to create a roster of PC STL members.

·      Find out who is the moderator for the St. Joseph Academy Pax Christi campus chapter and invite him or her to the April 12 event.

·      Mary Pat send Regional Dialog list to Kathy.

·      Think about subject areas to form subcommittees.

·      Sr. Carla Mae will bring the Charter to the next meeting.

·      Sr. Barbara will bring a letter re: Boeing F18 production for us to sign.

·      Our next meeting is April 22

For now we see in a mirror, dimly – Tom Cordaro

For several of the meetings we held in 2013, we discussed the document written by Tom Cordaro titled “For now we see in a mirror, dimly  – An Anti-Racist Critique of Pax Christi USA’s Theology & Practice of Nonviolence”.

Here are the links to the five parts:

You can also get the entire document as a PDF.