With sadness we heard this week of the death of Gerry Hughes. A great friend to Pax Christi for more than thirty years, Gerry gave of his time, energy and creativity to support our movement and many individuals within it. From the mid 1980s Gerry offered his ‘retreats for peace people’ to individuals and groups. He felt these were important because, ” it seems sometimes as if all we’ve achieved is a shattering of our own peace of mind. So while we look to God for hope and inspiration, we need also to see God in our rage and despair”.
In 1987 Gerry walked to Jerusalem to raise funds for Pax Christi, later writing a book of the same name. Two of our most popular resources were written by Gerry and illustrated by Maggie organ, Letting the Word Become Flesh, daily reflections for Advent and Show me your Face, daily reflections for Lent which was re-published with SCIAF in 2009. We will post more reflections on Gerry’s work with Pax Christi. His funeral too place at Farm Street Church London on Monday 17 November 2014, followed by burial at St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre in North Wales at 12 noon on Tuesday 18 November.
Reflection given at Gerry’s funeral on 17 November by Pat Gaffney of Pax Christi
The Guardian by Peter Stamford
The Tablet by Joanna Moorehad