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Peacemaking Efforts

Following in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi, Holy Name Province ministries incarnate his commitment to peace through a wide range of activities. Take a look at the educational and formative programs, advocacy efforts and direct service work going on in our local communities. Think about starting a similar effort in your community, or consider new ways our ministries might be “Peace Made Flesh” in our world.

To add to the list, contact Fran Eskin-Royer in Holy Name Province’s Office for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation.

Education

educationEfforts that form and inform us to better address the needs of people and/or creation


“TENT OF NATIONS” MIDDLE EAST PEACE PRESENTATIONS

A Palestinian Christian farmer from the Holy Land visited five Province ministries from April 17 to May 4, 2010 during an East Coast speaking tour, sharing his story about “Planting Peace — Teaching Hope.”   Daoud Nassar, whose family works a 100-acre farm and olive grove near Bethlehem, runs the nearby Tent of Nations' peace education center. Information about the organization and updates about the farm may be found at Friends of Tent of Nations North America.
 
For details about two of the visits, click here.
 
St. Camillus Parish (and Holy Name College)
Silver Spring, Md.
April 21, 2010
 
Raleigh, N.C.
April 26, 2010
 
Hartford, Conn.
May 3, 2010
Contact: Fran D’Amico
           
Boston, Mass.
May 3, 2010
           
Pompton Lakes, N.J.
May 4, 2010

BRIDGES OF HOPE

Durham, N.C.
Born out of a pilgrimage experience to the Holy Land, the group works to bring awareness to the plight of Christians in the Middle East. Activities include selling olivewood crafts at the annual Advent Alternative Gift Fair to support the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation and soliciting donations for scholarships to enable Palestinian children to attend a local Catholic school.
Contact: Maryann Crea

ENGAGE PEACEMAKING (INSTRUMENTS OF PEACE) PROGRAM

The Engage Peacemaking Program is a 10-week small group formation and training process in active nonviolence. The program approaches nonviolence at the personal, interpersonal and social realms of individual and community life so that those completing the process can be more fully equipped to bring the Gospel message of peace to our world. The Engage Peacemaking Program has been utilized in a number of HNP ministries in an effort to live out the Franciscan commitment to peacemaking.
 
Triangle, Va.
Past offering.
 
SIGUENDO LA PAZ FRANCISCANO (SPANISH VERSION OF THE ENGAGE FRANCISCAN PEACEMAKING PROGRAM)
Durham, N.C.
Past offering. The parish is considering offering the program again.
Contact: Katushka Olave

INTERFAITH DIALOGUE

Silver Spring, Md.
Panel discussion held at the parish in Nov. 2010.
 
Hartford, Conn.
Ongoing series since 2004. Christian/Muslim dialogue gatherings (2 to 3 times per year).
Contact: Pat Curtis

MIDDLE EAST PEACE PILGRIMAGES

Silver Spring, Md.
The parish lives out the Franciscan call to promote peace and justice in the Holy Land by leading groups of parishioners and others to the area to learn first-hand about the situation.  For more information, click here.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME

Triangle, Va.
National Night Out is a community-police awareness-raising event in the United States, held the first Tuesday of August. The event, held annually since 1984, is meant to increase community aware about police-sponsored programs like town watch, neighborhood watch, drug prevention programs, and other anti-crime efforts.  The parish was one of the key organizers of a Virginia event held in the Williamstown community where the parish’s outreach center is housed. For more information about the national effort, visit http://www.nationalnightout.org.

RACIAL AWARENESS AND RELIGIOUS EXCHANGE (RARE)

Raleigh, N.C.
RARE promotes dialogue between The Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi and the Baptist Grove Church through Racial Study Circles in an effort to build relations and understanding across racial and religious differences.
Contact: Tom Zimmerman

 

Advocacy

advocacyEfforts that use community organizing and/or dialogue with local and national officials to address the needs of people and/or creation

ANNUAL MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY MARCH FOR PEACE

Every year, each parish organizes an interfaith March for Peace on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, followed by a prayer service.

St. Paul Parish
Wilmington, Del.
Contact:  Luz Maldonado  

Holy Name of Jesus Parish
New York City, N.Y.
Contact: Janet Curley

LETTER-WRITING CAMPAIGN IN SUPPORT OF TENT OF NATIONS

St. Anthony Shrine & Ministry Center
Boston, Mass.
Past effort.  For more information about the Tent of Nations organization and updates about the farm, visit Friends of Tent of Nations North America.
Contact: Fr. Gene Pistacchio, OFM

NEIGHBORHOOD PEACE MARCH THROUGH WILMINGTON, DEL.

St. Paul Parish
Wilmington, Del.
Once a month, parishioners walk through the crime-ridden parts of Wilmington demonstrating against violence and drug use.  
Contact:  Luz Maldonado

PETITION/POSTCARD CAMPAIGN TO ELECTED OFFICIALS IN OPPOSITION TO TORTURE

Holy Name of Jesus Parish
New York City, N.Y.
Past effort done in coordination with the National Religious Campaign Against Torture.
Contact: Janet Curley

WORK WITH WITNESS FOR PEACE

Immaculate Conception Parish
Durham, N.C.
Witness for Peace (WFP) is a politically independent, nationwide grassroots organization of people committed to nonviolence and led by faith and conscience. Witness for Peace’s mission is to support peace, justice and sustainable economies in the Americas by changing U.S. policies and corporate practices that contribute to poverty and oppression in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Contact: Gail Phares

WORK WITH WITNESS FOR PEACE SOUTHEAST

St. Francis of Assisi Parish
Raleigh, N.C.
Witness for Peace is a faith-based movement dedicated to changing U.S. government policies that contribute to poverty and oppression in Latin America and the Caribbean. Gail Phares, a St. Francis parishioner, serves as the director for Witness for Peace Southeast.  This group undertakes advocacy campaigns, press work, skills training, workshops, conferences, film festivals and delegations with regard to Latin America and the Caribbean. Their work is grounded in the principles of non-violence.
Contact:  Gail Phares

Direct Service

serviceEfforts that work to address the immediate needs of people and/or creation.


 
 

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME

Triangle, Va.
National Night Out is a community police awareness-raising event in the United States, held the first Tuesday of August. The event, held annually since 1984, is meant to increase community aware about police-sponsored programs like town watch, neighborhood watch, drug prevention programs, and other anti-crime efforts.  The parish was one of the key organizers of a Virginia event held in the Williamstown community where the parish’s outreach center is housed. For more information about the national effort, visit http://www.nationalnightout.org.
 

WILMINGTON PEACEKEEPERS

Wilmington, Del.
Each week, a group walks the streets for an hour in the neighborhoods of Wilmington, Del., where crimes have been recently committed to dissuade future violence. In addition, members visit the homes of homicide victims, offering the family and friends prayer, support and a token of love in the form of a condolence card. The group also makes visits to the Ferris School, a local reform school for juveniles who have committed a crime. Many of the Peacekeepers are former gang members who have turned to God.
 
Wilmington Peacekeepers also travelled to Brooklyn, N.Y. (Flatbush), and West Chester, Pa., (where a curfew was established to fight crime) to support the creation of peacekeeper groups in these areas.
Contact: Luz Maldonado
 

WORK WITH GEORGIA CONFLICT CENTER

Athens, Ga.
The Georgia Conflict Center is a non-profit organization that teaches communication skills, consequences and refusal skills. Individuals learn to effectively handle daily conflicts. These concepts and ideas are brought into the real world and translated into productive nonviolent actions and behaviors. The Georgia Conflict Center was founded by members of the Catholic Center at UGA who had just completed the JustFaith program and wanted to put their words into action. The Georgia Conflict Center is currently housed at the Catholic Center. For information about this conflict program, click here.
Contact: David Briones