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Greenbelt Festival

Pax Christi at Greenbelt 2013

Pax Christi stall at Greenbelt 2013

Tomorrow a Pax Christi team head to Boughton House, near Kettering, for the Greenbelt festival.

The undoubted festival highlight is on Sunday at 12:30pm in the Living Room. Pax Christi UK General Secretary Pat Gaffney will be speaking on Let Us Remember: Stories of the Peace from the First World War.

At our stall in the G-Source there is the opportunity to become a member of Pax Christi for a special festival rate of £10. Additionally anyone joining Pax Christi at Greenbelt, will receive two free gifts.

Our stall will also afford the opportunity to reflect on the challenges for peacemakers in the light of the centenary of the First World War as we ask what have we learned? 

See you there!

Festival tickets are still available at the Greenbelt Box Office
Follow our Greenbelt activities on twitter @PaxChristiYouth


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Peace Education Newsletter – Easter 2014

Dear friends,

Plenty going on in the coming weeks and months so this is a busier that usual newsletter.

Pax Christi Annual General Meeting, Liverpool
The Pax Christi AGM is taking place in Liverpool on Saturday 24 May. The guest speaker in the afternoon is writer and activist Symon Hill who will speak on Campaigning for peace in a digital age: different tools, same principles. Details on our website

I heard Symon speak on this at Greenbelt last year and it was brilliant – it is well worth coming along to hear him.

Inspiring a New Generation of Activists – Tuesday 24 June at Friends House, Euston
There’s lots of great stuff going on to try to engage people with big issues: war & peace, ecology, poverty, but also lots of debate about how to inspire a new generation. So what actually gets people to take action and stay with it?
This Peace Education Network workshop, led by James Trewby the Columban Justice and Peace Education Worker, explores this question from a fresh perspective.

More details and to book a place see

Pax Christi at Greenbelt
We are beginning our preparations for the Greenbelt Festival, this year taking place near Kettering on the August Bank holiday weekend, and are looking for volunteers to be part of our team.  This is a great opportunity for people aged 18-30(ish) to get more involved in the work of Pax Christi. Contact Matt for more information

Find out more about Greenbelt on their website

International Conscientious Objectors’ Day, 15 May
Descendants of 50 First World War conscientious objectors will take part in this year’s International Conscientious Objectors’ Day commemoration in Tavistock Square, London at 12 noon. More details

Young People’s Congress for World Citizenship, 10-12 July
To celebrate their 30th anniversary, CARJ – the Catholic Association for Racial Justice, are hosting a Youth Congress at Liverpool Hope University 10-12th July. The congress aims to empower young people to make a difference in their schools, parishes and local communities. More details at

Sarajevo Youth Peace Camp, June 6-9
There is a Youth Camp as part of the Sarajevo Peace Festival in June. See website for details

Schools Workshops
We are currently taking bookings for June and July. The autumn term is gradually filling up too – book early to avoid disappointment

In peace,

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May Peace Prevail on Earth: Bishop Mark blesses Peace Garden

Bishop Mark scatters poppy seed

All Hallows Catholic College has marked one hundred years since the start of the Great War with the opening of The Pax Christi Peace and Memorial Garden in the grounds of its campus. A Peace Pole bearing the words ‘May peace prevail on earth’ in many languages was ceremonially processed into the garden and the Right Reverend Mark Davies, Bishop of Shrewsbury then blessed the garden with a sprinkling of Holy Water. Following the ceremony all the guests were invited to scatter poppy and wild flower seeds to recall the flowers which brought red colour to the battle fields after the fighting.

Matt Jeziorski representing Pax Christi, the International Catholic Peace organisation said, ‘It is wonderfully encouraging for all of us at Pax Christi to see a school taking up the challenge of pe

Blessing of Peace Garden

ace-making in this way. All Hallows stands as an example to other schools seeking to put their faith into action’.

The blessing was also attended by the Head teachers and children from partner primary schools, and members of St Albans parish Justice and Peace group.

On an atmospheric morning with fog looming over the garden the design had added poignancy. At the heart of the garden is a re-creation of a first world war trench, a reminder of the harrowing experience of being in a trench and going ‘over the top’ into conflict.

Pax Christi's Matt with local and diocesan Justice and Peace reps

Railway sleepers lining the trench remind visitors of how the trenches were strengthened and of the trains which took people away from families with the hope of a reunion and safe return.

Sandbags, filled with concrete, form the seating and a curved display wall provides a place for information, stories, poetry and prayers to be found from the period or written by students.

Principal, Tony Billings said ‘All the curriculum subjects are linked with the project and the garden will be a major part of All Hallow’s annual November Remembrance Liturgy. The garden also provides a resource for partner schools. The project has been achieved as a result of the support of our local housing association, Cheshire Peaks and Plains who commissioned an inspirational landscape gardener, Mr. John Tilley, to work with our students on the design. It will leave a legacy for many years to come. ’

Bishop Mark meets students from feeder primariesAll Hallow's Peace Garden 4



Words and images from All Hallow’s Catholic College


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Peace Education Newsletter – February 2014

Dear Friends,

Have you seen our new website? It is full of details of our education work alongside details of our events, campaigns, resources, and prayers.


Building Schools for Peace
How would a commitment to nonviolence change a school?
What does a school for peace look like?

Join us for this Peace Education Network workshop where staff and students from Trinity will lead us in exploring how to build a school for peace

Monday 17 March. 1 – 3pm at Trinity Catholic School, Leamington Spa. For more information or to book a place on this free workshop, contact Matt or see


School Workshops
Demand for our school workshops remains very high. Book early to avoid disappointment.


Ash Wednesday
We gather once more for our Ash Wednesday witness at the Ministry of Defence on 5 March at 3pm. Meet in Victoria Embankment Gardens Whitehall Section… West side of Northumberland Avenue at 3.00pm. Nearest tubes Embankment and Charing Cross. More details on our website


Sarajevo Youth Peace Camp, June 6-9
There is a Youth Camp as part of the Sarajevo Peace Festival in June. See website for details


Petition: Ending recruitment of under-18s to the armed forces
Pax Christi and the Peace Education Network are supporting this petition. Please sign it here


Schools Membership
By taking out membership of Pax Christi your school can demonstrate their commitment to work for peace and become part of our global movement for peace. More details

Our latest members’ newsletter looks at the costs and funding of war. It is available on our website


The Global Day of Action on Military Spending is on Monday 14 April. We have a youth work resource which examines the spending priorities of the UK Government

In peace,

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Peace Education Newsletter: Advent 2013

Dear Friends,

It has been a busy term at the Pax Christi youth desk. Alongside our regular schools workshops – demand for which is at an all-time high – we held a successful study day exploring the life of Blessed Franz Jägerstätter, a school outreach training day for Pax Christi members, and a retreat for our young adult members.

A particular highlight of this term was a day I spent last month working with a group of students who were tasked with re-writing their school’s anti-bullying policy putting the values of nonviolence at the heart of it. A great day which also served as a reminder that there are many ways in which Pax Christi can support schools in their effort to be outstanding.

We are currently taking bookings for school input next term. Details of our workshops are available online here or if you are interested in exploring other ways in which Pax Christi can support the mission of the school then give me a call in the office 020 8203 4884

Sunday 19 January is Peace Sunday. This is a great opportunity for schools to use the weeks either side of this date to put prayer for peace at the heart of the prayer life of the school. Liturgy resources for Peace Sunday are available on our website

The Student Christian Movement and the Fellowship of Reconciliation are jointly hosting a conference, Peace, Power, and Protest: Prophets for a New World, over the weekend 14-16 February 2014. I am leading a workshop during this event and our Icon of Peace will be a particular prayer focus during the weekend.

There is an International Youth Camp being planned in Sarajevo in June 2014. This is one of several peace events being held in the city to mark the centenary of the beginning of World War One and a renewed commitment to building a global culture of peace

Pax Christi and the Peace Education Network are both amongst the supporters of a new petition calling for an end the recruitment of under-18s into the UK armed forces.

2014 is of course the start of four years of commemorations marking the centenary of World War One. Our latest members newsletter highlights some of the resources and ideas to support peace initiatives during this period.

With every good wish for a peaceful advent,


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