Nov 3 2010

Welcome to Pax Christi Texas

We are a fellowship of Pax Christi groups in Texas.  A regional branch of Pax Christi USA and affiliated with Pax Christi International Catholic peace movement.  Steeped in the Catholic tradition, our advocacy for peace and justice is based on the Church’s social teaching and on Jesus Christ’s lived example of prayer, nonviolence and solidarity with the poor. We are working to increase Pax Christi membership in Texas and assist in the formation of local groups.

In a world that settles differences by armed violence or the threat of it, Pax Christi offers a nonviolent alternative. In a world that too often defines  “revenge” as “justice”, Pax Christi breaks the cycle of violence by fostering reconciliation. In a world where countries invest more money in weapons than in the well-being of their people, Pax Christi calls individuals to disarm their hearts and work toward a world free of nuclear and conventional weapons.

Join with us to put your faith in action.

Feb 6 2014

Pax Christi Texas 2014 State Conference

Hosted by Pax Christi-Houston, Dominican Sisters of Houston and the Maryknoll Fathers of Houston

Saturday, April 5, 2014 (8:30 am – 4:30 pm) 5 pm Liturgy 


Dominican Center for Spirituality, 6501 Almeda, Houston, Texas 77021

 Diolog with Pax Christi USA staff, Sunday, April 6th, 9am – 1pm

 Christian Peacemaker Teams:

 Peacemaking in Palestine

 Bob Holmes CSB

Bob is a Catholic priest of the Congregation of St. Basil.  He is the Basilian Coordinator for Social Justice Concerns and is active with the Toronto Catholic Worker.  Bob trained with the Christian Peacemaker Teams and served as full-time CPTer in Canada, Israel/Palestine, Chiapas, Vieques, Colombia and Iraq.  He makes his home in Toronto, Canada.  CPT Palestine is a faith-based organization which works with Palestinian and Israeli peacemakers to create justice and peace in Palestine. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

$40 suggested donation, includes lunch.  Low income scholarships, all welcome. 

Mail registration and check payable to:

Pax Christi – Texas, Inc.  (501c3 non-profit), 12831 Raven South Dr., Cypress, Texas, 77429


Name(s)_____________________________________________________________________ Phone__________________________





A limited number of rooms, with shared bath and continental breakfast,  are available at the Dominican Center for $40,  Reservations: Sr. Adrian Dover  713-440-3708


Oct 27 2013

Pax Christi Dallas Sponsors Martin Sheen in JFK Play

Pax Christi Dallas Sponsors Martin Sheen in JFK Play

Martin Sheen will participate in the staged reading in Dallas of Noah’s Ark, a new play inspired by James Douglass’ bestselling book, JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters.

Noah’s Ark, by Pittsburgh playwright Ginny Cunningham, has been three years in development and will have a public staged reading at Unity Church of Dallas, 6525 Forest Lane, at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 21, the eve of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. James Douglass will join Sheen and Cunningham for a talk-back following the 90-minute reading.

Noah’s Ark revolves around Colonel Elliott Benson, the consummate CIA and military insider and advisor to the President, who is tortured by the thought that he may have been unwittingly complicit in the assassination. Determined to redeem himself, Benson journeys into his past, where he must confirm or deny his loyalties, patriotism, and faithfulness. Has he betrayed his values? Can he live in peace with his choices? The story sails the rough waters of the Kennedy presidency – the Bay of Pigs, the summit with Khrushchev in Vienna, a line in the sand in Berlin, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the prelude to Vietnam. Global peril and unremitting tension force Benson to assess his own depths and shallows and seek his own redemption.

Director/actor Matt Clark of Austin will direct the staged reading, assisted by John Fullinwider. Local actors in the play include Mark Oristano, Vickie Washington, James Kille, and Linda Coleman. The event is co-sponsored by Pax Christi Dallas.

The Dallas performance is one of eight readings of Noah’s Ark in U.S. cities this November, including New York City, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Birmingham AL, Glens Falls, NY, Erie PA, and Royal Oak MI.

An award-winning actor and political activist, Martin Sheen’s films include Apocalypse Now (1979), Badlands (1973), Gandhi (1982),Wall Street (1987), Da (1988), The American President (1995),Catch Me If You Can (2002) and The Way (2010); he starred in the television series The West Wing (1999-2006).

Matt Clark, actor and director, began his career with the experimental company The Living Theater and has appeared in more than fifty feature films. He directed Martin Sheen in the film Da (1988).

James W. Douglass is a longtime peace activist and writer whose works include “The Nonviolent Coming of God” and “Resistance and Contemplation”. With his wife Shelley, he is cofounder of Mary’s House, a Catholic Worker house of hospitality in Birmingham AL, as well as the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in Paulsbo, WA.

This is a benefit performance for the Dallas Peace Center. Tickets are $15. Online tickets purchases are through Teatro Dallas:


John Fullinwider, President, Dallas Peace Center 214.683.2493

Ginny Cunningham, 412.441.2389

Feb 20 2013

2013 Pax Christi Texas Conference

Deacon Joe and Anne Rubio honored as ”Peacemakers of the Year” at 4/6/2013 Conference

Hosted by Pax Christi-Houston, Dominican Sisters and Maryknoll Fathers

No to War! War Never Again!
(Pope Paul VI)

Saturday April 6th , 2013 (8:30 am – 4:30 pm) – 5 pm Liturgy
Dialog with Pax Christi USA staff, Sunday April 7th (9am – 12 noon)
Dominican Center for Spirituality, 6501 Almeda, Houston, Texas 77021

Bishop Thomas Gumbleton

Bishop Gumbleton is the founding president of Pax Christi USA and one of the organization’s “Ambassadors of Peace” He is the retired auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit. Bishop Gumbleton is a vocal opponent of the war in Iraq, being arrested outside The White House for engaging in civil disobedience.

$40 suggested donation, includes lunch; need-based scholarships available–no one will be turned away. Mail registration form and check payable to:

Pax Christi Texas, Inc., 12831 Raven South Dr., Cypress, Texas, 77429

Address_______________________________ City/State/Zip__________________________




A limited number of rooms, with shared bath and continental breakfast, are available at the Dominican Center for $40, Reservations: Sr. Adrian Dover 713-440-3708

Pax Christi-Texas, Inc. 501(c)(3) non-profit –

Apr 16 2012

A Tribute to Dr. Ellen Burns

Peace & Justice Activist Extraordinaire
  Dr. Ellen Burns died in Houston on December 5, 2011, at the age of 91.  She worked to create a more just and peaceful world up to the very end of her life .
 I first met Ellen when she moved to Houston to work in the Catholic Archdiocesan Youth Office in 1992 (at the age of 72!).  She soon joined the local Pax Christi group and later helped found the Houston Peace and Justice Center.   Ellen’s activism included protests against nuclear weapons, advocacy for Latino immigrants, stronger gun control laws, abolition of the death penalty, and protests against the School of the Americas.   She set a shining example of putting one’s faith into action. 
When Ellen retired from the Catholic Archdiocese in 2002, she said, “I was never inactive….I don’t know how God gives me all this energy.”  We will miss Ellen’s energy, determination and courage.  
-  Dave Atwood   

Apr 1 2012

Pax Christi Texas 2012 Peacemaker Award


CAIR National Board Vice Chair receives Pax Christi Peacemaker of the Year Award

 Sarwat Husain, Vice-Chair of the National Council on American Islamic Relations,  receives the Texas Pax Christi Peacemaker of the Year Award from Karen Ball, President of Pax Christi San Antonio. (Photo by Chuck Gibbons)

(WASHINGTON, D.C. 3/27/12) –- Council on American-Islamic Relations

(CAIR) National Board Vice Chair Sarwat Husain recently received  the “Peacemaker of the Year” award at the Texas Pax Christi Conference on Compassion in San Antonio.

Husain, who joined other interfaith leaders at Saturday’s conference, is also president of CAIR’s San Antonio chapter.

In presenting the award, Karen Ball, President Pax Christi San Antonio , said Husain “promotes peace in the face of misunderstanding, opposition, bitterness, and threat  of violence” and is “motivated to serve the needs of ones who need help and do her part to make this world a better place to live for all.”

When accepting the award, Husain cited the Quran, Islam’s revealed text, which states: “O mankind! We have created you male and female, and have made you nations and tribes that ye may know one another. The noblest of you, in the sight of Allah, is the best in conduct.” (49:13)

She went on to say: “We [all] have to seek common ground and respect our differences as we labor together toward a more civil society.”

Georgetown University professor Dr. John Esposito, author of “Who Speaks for Islam, What a Billion Muslims Really Think,” was the keynote speaker at the conference.

The conference was organized by San Antonio Pax Christi and the University of Incarnate Word Liturgical Outreach. CAIR-San Antonio co-sponsored the event.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.