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October 24, 2011
Greetings of peace!  Sr. Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN

Pax Christi USA is very excited to share with you that Sr. Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN has been been hired as the new Executive Director of Pax Christi USA, beginning November 1.


"This is an exciting time for Pax Christi USA as we explore new opportunities under Sr. Chappell's leadership," stated Sr. Josie Chrosniak, HM, National Council Chair of Pax Christi USA. "Sr. Chappell brings a wealth of experience in working with religious communities, youth and young adults, and marginalized communities which will enhance and grow our work for peace and justice in the world."


Sr. Chappell is a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Connecticut unit, and served on the Provincial Leadership Team for her community. She holds a Master's degree in Social Work from the Catholic University of America and was the Director of Youth Ministry at Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Parish in Washington, D.C.


To read the entire release regarding today's announcement, click here. 


If you would like to send notes of welcome to Sr. Patty, you can direct them either to or to the Washington, D.C. office at Pax Christi USA, 1225 Otis Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20017. The full release regarding today's announcement is available on the Pax Christi USA website at this link and you can also feel free to leave comments and notes of welcome on the website and on our Facebook page


In peace,


Johnny Zokovitch 

Director of National Field Operations, Pax Christi USA 

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Pax Christi Bishop Cites 'New Disarmament Moment'
National Catholic Reporter

New political circumstances are giving rise to "great hope" for "dramatic and fundamental changes in U.S. nuclear weapons policies," said Bishop Gabino Zavala of Los Angeles in an address March 11 that marked the start of a new disarmament campaign by Pax Christi USA, the Catholic peace organization. Zavala, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles and bishop-president of Pax Christi, also called Catholics to see peacemaking as a "mandatory" vocation and argued that "Catholic social teaching and a vision of Gospel nonviolence can contribute to informing the policy debates and offer guidance for new directions for our nation with regard to war and peace."


PAX CHRISTI USA Executive Committee




Bishop Gabino Zavala                                    16009 E. Cypress Ave., Irwindale, CA 91706-2122; 626-960-9344 (w)

Bishop President                                  626-962-0455 (fax) Secretary – Sylvia E-mail


Judy Coode – Chair                            1456 B Fairmont St NW Washington DC 20009; 202-387-5259 (h)

                                                            202-756-4932(w) 202-425-0576 (cell);


Jeanette Rodriguez - Vice Chair         3532 NE 153rd Street #203, Lake Forest Park, WA  98155;

206-296-5324 (w) 206-296-5409 (fax)


Pearlette Springer – Vice Chair          778 Lincoln St, Gary IN 46402; 219-885-6628 (h)

                                                            219-769-9292 Ext 238 (w) 219-738-9034 (fax);


Sr. Josie Chrosniak, HM - Treasurer    2218 West Blvd Cleveland, OH 44102 (216) 961-3169 (h);






Dr. Arturo Chavez                                3115 West Ashby Place, San Antonio, TX 78228-5104; 210-732-2156 (w)

210-732-9072 (fax);


Donna Grimes                                     3211 Fourth St. NE, Washington DC  20017-1194

202-541-3372(w) 202-541-3329 (fax) 202-309-3644 (cell)


John Kelly                                            560 N Street SW, Unit N-108, Washington DC, 20024

                                                            202-479-5166 (w) 202-270-9272 (cell),


Diane Lopez Hughes                           1709 South Glenwood Ave, Springfield, IL 62704; 217-544-3997 (h)

                                                            217-899-2743 (cell);


Mary Pat O’Gorman                            6342 Pershing Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63130; 314-725-6655 (h)


Erin M O’Keefe                                    10576 Calhoun Road, Omaha, NE 68112

                                                            1201 Kearney St.  NE, Washington, DC 20017

                                                            402-415-9670 (cell);


Sr. Kathleen Pritty                                1081 Luther Road, East Greenbush, NY 10858; 518-477-6984 (h)

518-462-0899 (w);


Bill Quigley                                         7500 Dominican Street, New Orleans, LA 70118; 205-861-2709 (h)



Olga Sarabia                                      1000 S Valencia St. Alhambra, CA  91801; 626-284-4879(h)



Gordon Zahn, Prophet of Peace

the cover of America, the Catholic magazine

W hen Gordon Zahn (1918-2007) began his own journey to pacifism, he was convinced of two things: first, that had he been educated in the traditional Catholic schools of his time, he would never have heard of pacifism; second—and he was given rather strong encouragement to think this way—that he was on the lunatic fringe of the church. But he was also convinced that the path of the early church was the correct one and that pacifism was the normative Christian position and that the just war theory was at best an attempt to justify what Realpolitik had already decided was necessary. For many a decade, Gordon followed the lonely road of preaching pacifism in the company of others on the edges of mainstream Christianity. But this was a determined lot, and Gordon, who despised meetings to the depth of his being, continued to show up whenever asked, attended meeting after meeting and was eventually successful in efforts with others to resurrect Pax Christi USA, establishing it as a premier American peace organization. 

 "War destroys. And we must cry out for peace.
Peace sometimes gives the idea of stillness, but it is never stillness.
It is always an active peace.
I think that everyone must be committed in the matter of peace,
to do everything that they can,
what I can do from here.
Peace is the language we must speak."
Pope Francis



                                            ~Pope FRANCIS