Pax Christi Duluth

Sister Helen Claire is a member of Pax Christi Duluth a part of the Benedictine Order of Sisters sponsored by St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth. Sister Helen Claire talked to us about what Pax Christi's purpose is, how they are organized and funded, and what their policies and procedures are. She also described how they have been active during and after the war.

According to the operating code of Pax Christi Duluth, some of their purposes include:

"Being a visible sign of the Pax Christi Benedictine presence by integrating peace and justice issues into their daily lives and prayer. Pax Christi participates in peace and justice activities and challenges government to be responsible regarding these issues. Also, they cooperate with other faith based groups, such as Loaves and Fishes and Fellowship of Reconciliation working on similar issues. They attempt to publicize their work in the Outlook, the diocesan publication. Lastly, they try to use themselves in creative ways to address local needs for women, refugees, hungry, homeless and others in need."

Pax Christi consists of members from the St. Scholastica Monastery and other members of the community. They have a chairperson, secretary, and treasurer that are all elected biannually. They are funded through the Church community and by donations from community members in the area. Pax Christi's policies and procedures are to follow the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery handbook that states:

"In response to the Gospel message of Jesus Christ, we, the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monetary, Duluth, Minnesota, resolve as a community to sacrifice, work, and pray for true peace in our time. To achieve this goal, we join our civic and church leaders in working for the abolishment of nuclear weapons, for disarmament and the peaceful resolution of conflict, and for the liberation of all peoples through the creation of a harmonious world order based on universal peace and justice."

Pax Christi has been involved in many anti-war projects such as Rice for Peace where they organized a group to send bags of rice to President Bush with the words "If your enemies are hungry, feed them. Romans 12:20" or distributing information on economic boycotts like, "If the bombs drop we won't shop." Since the war has dissipated, Pax Christi is working on new issues of peace and justice. As Sister Helen Claire said, "we started long before the war started and we will work for peace in other areas long after it is over."

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