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Assembly: Blessed Josef Mayr-Nusser – Martyr for Conscience

Photo02On Saturday 18 March Pope Francis will beatify the Italian layman Josef Mayr-Nusser: A Martyr for Conscience

Sentenced to death because of his faith when his conscience would not allow him to make an oath of loyalty to Hitler, Josef Mayr-Nusser died on 24 February 1945 in a cattle wagon on the way to Dachau concentration camp where he was to be shot.

We have produced an assembly resource to mark the occasion of the beatification of Bl. Josef, celebrating his life and the lessons we can learn from his courageous witness.

Download the Assembly Script (pdf)
Download the Assembly Slideshow (ppx)

Profile: Bl Josef Mayr-Nusser (pdf)

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Workshop: Eyewitness in the Classroom

The next Skillshare workshop from the Peace Education Network will be on Thursday 23 March, 2 – 4pm at Friends House, Euston Road, London.

Workshop Flyer - March 2017 - Eyewitness in the Classroom

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Young Peace Journalists

Pax Christi International is looking for Young Peace Journalists to give a voice to people seeking refuge.

Pax Christi International is building up a young peace journalist team from all over the world to report about the lives of refugees, migrants, asylum seekers, and displaced persons. As part of the team you will organise an interview with a person from these groups in your hometown or area. Full [online] training will be given.

The international team of peace journalists will use their work for awareness raising, influencing policy makers, as  you seek to make a positive difference for one of the most vulnerable groups in society.

To apply to be part of this project please register your interest here.
For more information please contact Matt at our youth desk

Ella, a student from Lancashire, is already part of this project. You can read her interview with Mohammed, a refugee from Syria, here: We used to have an ordinary life.


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Peace Sunday in Schools

Peace Sunday will be celebrated in parishes across England and Wales on Sunday 15 January 2017 where we will reflect on the theme, Nonviolence: A Style of Politics for Peace.

We have produced two prayer resources for celebrating peace in schools around that time.

Image on prayer cardClassroom Prayers for Peace

This reflective prayer invites students to consider what it means to be a peacemaker and how they can work for peace in their day-to-day lives.

Classroom Prayers: Script (pdf)

Classroom Prayers: Slideshow (pptx)

Prayers for Staff Briefing

A prayer for peace to start the day at a staff meeting

Staff Briefing Prayer (pdf)


Our other Peace Sunday liturgy resources can be found here 

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Trinity Pax Christi group’s pilgrimage of mercy

Some of the School Pax Christi group enjoying the delights of Hatton Locks cafe after a recent training walk.

Some of the School Pax Christi
group enjoying the delights of Hatton Locks cafe after a recent training walk.

Trinity Catholic School in Leamington Spa are acknowledging the Year of Mercy in a very productive and prayerful way.  The school’s Pax Christi group, will be undertaking an overnight pilgrimage, from school, along 28 miles of the Grand Union Canal, to the Door of Mercy at St Chad’s. The idea of pilgrimage is especially powerful in the light of the current migration crisis as we see thousands of people forced to leave their homes.

The group are very excited to be raising money for Friends of the Holy Land and Iraqi refugees in Jordan but also are very much looking forward to the experience of pilgrimage.  Principal Chris Gabbett, who completed the Camino de Santiago last year, has stressed the importance of this.  He said, ‘Pilgrimage offers people of all faiths or none the chance to leave their everyday and embrace something special.  I’m really excited to have the chance to support these students in this personal journey’.

If you would like to make a donation to the Trinity School refugee fund please visit

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