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Educating for Peace: Celebrating the 50th Annivesary of Pacem in Terris

During this Year of Faith, the Archdiocesan Offices of Catholic Social Action Office, Schools, and Evangelization and Catechesis, along with Xavier University, Mount St. Joseph, and other local partners, have launched a variety of initiatives to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pope John XXIII’s historic encyclical, Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth)!

Over 300 Students and 40 Teachers from 18 Catholic High Schools Gather for “New Hope to the World: Called by Our Faith to be Peacemakers”!

On April 18, 2013, students and teachers from throughout the Archdiocese gathered at Xavier University’s Cintas Center to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pope John XXIII’s encyclical, Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth).  Kicked off by the McNicholas High School choir, the event featured Archbishop Dennis Schnurr, Xavier University President Fr. Michael Graham, and Mr. John Carr, recently retired director of the U.S. bishops’ Dept. of Justice, Peace and Human Development.  Students chose from 15 unique workshops, involving themes from life issues to practicing non-violence, to explore how they can live out the vision of Peace on Earth. The day will consist of prayer, presentations, workshops, and reflection, all focused on how our youth can promote the life and dignity of all, providing “new hope to the world,” as proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI in his 2012 World Day of Peace Message.  The event was organized by the Archdiocesan offices of Catholic Social Action, Evangelization and Catechesis, and Schools, as well as Xavier University, the College of Mount St. Joseph, and the Educating for Peace Coalition.

Photo by Greg Rust

Later that same evening, Mr. Carr presented the timeless vision of Peace on Earth to nearly 300 Catholics, and encourage our ongoing efforts to promote life, peace and justice for all.  He explored the implications of the election of Pope Francis on the Church’s efforts to live out Pacem in Terris in our time.

The Catholic Telegraph summarizes these powerful events!
More than 300 students celebrate 50th anniversary of Pacem in Terris at XU

Powerful Video by High School Students Celebrates Peace on Earth!

As a stirring contribution to the Archdiocese’s events commemorating the 50th anniversary of “Pacem in Terris” (Peace on Earth), religion teacher and campus minister, Jeff Hutchinson-Smyth, and a team of McNicholas High School students created this powerful video relating the promise and challenge of Pope John XXIII’s vision! View the video here: http://vimeo.com/64342421

Check out The Catholic Telegraph article on the video: McNicholas student-produced video on Pacem in Terris a hit

Educating Young People in Justice and Peace

Last Fall, the coalition organized a half-day, high school teacher  in- service program on Aug. 11, 2012 at the College of Mount St. Joseph, inspired by the theme of Pope Benedict XVI’s recent World Day of Peace Message, Educating Young People in Justice and Peace. The gathering brought together teachers from a broad spectrum of disciplines to discuss infusing themes from Pope John XXIII’s encyclical, Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth) into their curricula.