Instruments of Reconciliation
Instruments of Reconciliation
A National Campaign to Amplify Active Nonviolence in the U.S. Catholic Church

Join many Catholics who have written their Bishop in May to share their hope for greater teaching and commitment to active nonviolence and invite him to affirm active nonviolence as the nucleus of the Christian revolution: by 1) sharing and speaking about Pope Francis’ World Day of Peace message broadly within their diocese, seminaries, and other ministries, and 2) concretely committing to an initiative to scale-up practices of active nonviolence.

These dates may serve the campaign well for letters reaching your Bishop:

May 3 is the anniversary of The Challenge of Peace: God’s Promise and Our Response (1983), the Bishop’s pastoral letter on peace.
May 9 is the birthday for Daniel Berrigan (b. 1921) and Sophie Scholl (b. 1921).
May 21 is the Feast of Austrian conscientious objector and martyr Franz Jagerstatter who was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007.

June 4 is Pentecost.
June 5-12 is Week of Global Action vs. Gun Violence
June 20: World Refugee Day: the people who flee from violence due to the lack of nonviolent and restorative justice responses to conflict
June 26: International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

Examples of Bishops who have received letters so far:
Tobin (NJ), Wuerl (DC), O’Malley (MA), Dolan (NY), Libasci (NH), Blair (CT), Gainer (PA), Tamayo (TX), Muench (LA), Brungardt (KS), Lucas (NE), Seitz (TX), Barnes (CA), Tobin (CT), Persico (PA), Di Marzio (NY), etc.

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