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Peace People

PeacePeople_CoverHere we offer a range of books on the lives of peacemakers and below profiles of contemporary Christian people who have witnessed to peacemaking during the course of their life.

Peace People Who Changed the World. Written by Valerie Flessati & Pat Gaffney. Co-published by Kevin Mayhew and Pax Christi. A resource for Key Stage 4, PSHE and Citizenship and for chaplaincy and retreat work. Price £14.99

  • Gandhi the Peacemaker, A booklet outlining the life, work and philosophy of Gandhi. 17 pages. Price £2.50
  • Martin Luther King Junior by J Milburn Thompson,  Exploring King’s dream of a just community. 30 pages. Price £2.50
  • Thomas Merton’s Struggle with Peacemaking by James H Forest.  Includes extracts from Merton’s writings and reflections on his relationship with the peace movement.  44 pages. Price £2.50
  • Franz Jägerstätter – Christian and Martyr.  A fully illustrated account of the life and influence of Blessed Franz. Co-published with the Diocese of Linz. Includes reflections from political and church leaders on what Franz Jägerstätter means today. (2010) Price £5.00
  • Franz Jägerstätter: a Different Kind of Hero.   Resource pack. Contents include biography, reflections, prayers and activities for young people and lots more too. Price £6.00 — Newly revised in 2023

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Blessed Franz Jägerstätter

Born in St Radegund, Austria in 1907. Executed on 9th August 1943 at Brandenburg Prison for his conscientious objection to serving in Hitler’s army. On 26 October 2007, Franz was Beatified in  his home Diocese of Linz in Austria. Writing to his family from prison he said: ” These few words are being set down …

Gertrud Luckner

Gertrud Luckner was born of a German family in Liverpool in 1900. Returning to Germany in 1931, she was shocked to see the influence of Nazi propoganda and decided to do something about it. Eventually she was arrested and taken to Ravensbruck concentration camp. “I thought: ‘You must always comfort them. The only thing I can …

Oscar Romero

Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Goldamez was born in 1917 in the town of Cindad Barrios, in the mountains of El Salvador near the border with Honduras. He was murdered on 24 March 1980. NEWS: Pope Francis declares Archbishop Oscar Romero a Martyr (3 February 2015) Statement from Pope Francis: “For me, Romero is a man of God.  …

Pax Christi Peace Awards 2001 – 2021

Pax Christi began this bi-annual system in 2001.  It offers an opportunity for Pax Christi to acknowledge the peace and justice commitment of ordinary people within the UK.  As a membership organisation, a movement for peace, our members, supporters and collaborators for peace are our strongest asset – they remind us of the words of …

Peter Benenson

In 1960, Peter Benenson  became outraged at the unjust treatment of two Portugese students. His outrage led to action when he established a campaign on their behalf, coining the phrase “Prisoners of Conscience”. This campaign grew into the worldwide organisation we now know as Amnesty International. “I have lit this candle, in the words of Shakespeare, …

Sarah Hipperson

Sarah Hipperson who died in 2018 is most importantly remembered as arguably one of the most committed Greenham Common women peace activists who from 1983 to 2000 lived at Greenham Common Yellow Gate and watched its transformation from an RAF military base to an American nuclear cruise missile base to an open common for the …

Seeds of Hope Ploughshares

“Battle of the doves and hawks” – this was the title a Guardian reporter used to describe how four women – Andrea Needham, Joanna Wilson, Lotta Kronlid and Angie Zelter – took matters into their own hands and attempted to stop Britain selling lethal jets to the Indonesian regime. They all believed that “Above all else …

Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton was born in France in 1915 and converted to Catholicism in his early 20’s. He became a Trappist monk in the United States in 1941. In his forties he became increasingly concerned over matters of war and peace – writing many articles, letters and essays from his Monastery in Kentucky. Merton died in 1968. …

Wamuyu Wachira

Wamuyu Wachira belongs to the Loreto Sisters, a Catholic congregation also known as the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM). In a terrible assault on a girls’ secondary school in 1991, boys from a neighbouring school attacked the girls in their dormitory. Nineteen girls died, 71 were raped, and the rest were traumatised. Questioned by …