We pray for Pax Christi Members and Friends who have died and are now resting in the peace of God…
Remembering Sr Pamela Hussey (1922-2021)
Anyone who heard Sr Pamela Hussey speak – radical words in her cut-glass accent – on the lives of women of El Salvador will have been moved and challenged. Ian Linden, former Director of the Catholic Institute for International Relations (CIIR) pays tribute to her on Independent Catholic News.
Remembering Stewart Hemsley
Those who met Stewart during his time with Pax Christi could rarely forget him. Perhaps you remember him wearing sackcloth on the many Ash Wednesday liturgies he attended at the Ministry of Defence. Or it could be that you remember Stewart carrying a banner bearing a powerful call to peacemaking, beautifully created by Anne, his wife. You may even have seen him rushing about Cambridge where he lived, on his scooter. Stewart had a great presence and lots of energy!
He came to Pax Christi in the early 2000s. Already active in Cambridge with Stop the War, he was attracted to the Christian peacemaking of Pax Christi during the months following the 9/11 attacks. He spoke on Pax Christi’s behalf at meetings in Cambridge. In the run-up to the 2003 US/UK invasion of Iraq he joined Fr Owen Hardwicke on a speaking tour in the United States, offering solidarity to ecumenical groups struggling to stop the Bush administration rush to war. In 2004 he took on the role of Chair of the Pax Christi Executive Committee, making himself available to the office team, joining in Pax Christi International gatherings in the USA, Germany and Belgium and engaging in peace actions around nuclear weapons, the arms trade and drone warfare. In 2005 he took up an invitation to monitor elections in Palestine where he met Jimmy Carter and shared a room with Jeremy Corbyn! At the same time, he offered support to Cambridge Women in Black, a group to which Anne belonged for many years, often joining their vigils.
His great sense of humour, combined with his deep knowledge of scripture and skills in oratory, meant that Stewart was never shy of speaking out and speaking up for peace and nonviolence at meetings and events. At their home in Cambridge they always offered warm and welcoming hospitality to members of the Pax Christi network. Stewart’s term as Chair came to an end in 2010.
Stewart and Anne were moved to a care home during 2020/21 and sadly, Stewart died on 7 December 2021.
by Pat Gaffney