National Benedictines For Peace (BFP) is reorganizing. Some felt that since the threat of nuclear war has seemingly subsided, BFP was no longer necessary; but many more believe that there are countless areas of violence to be addressed by a Benedictine organization devoted to nonviolence. The steering committee for this Benedictine peace network recently developed a mission statement:
The Benedictine charism of peace challenges us to witness to gospel values. Recognizing this call to be peacemakers, BFP gives a common voice to a vision of peace as we confront the violence of our day with the love of Christ that it might be transformed by our prayer and actions.
As the steering committee begins the renewal of the monastic network for peace and justice, it is inviting Benedictine communities, their dependent monasteries, their oblates/associates and/or individual monastics to be part of this network. The BFP steering committee is suggesting a sliding scale of between $50-$100 (or more if able) for full community membership. Each community will determine the amount, depending on the size and financial status of the community. Individual monastics may join by sending a donation.
The steering committee comprises Damian Beyer, OSB (Mt. Angel, OR); Roni Daniels, OSB (Ridgely, MD); Mary David Hydro, OSB (St. Leo, FL); Dianne Sabol, OSB (Erie, PA); Carol Ann Wassmuth, OSB (Cottonwood, ID). Marlene Bertke, OSB, and Anne McCarthy, OSB (both from Erie), are support staff in this process of revitalizing BFP.
The theme for National Benedictines For Peace is nonviolence. How do we, who claim PAX as our motto, model gospel nonviolence in the face of domestic violence, the stockpiling of weapons, the violence done to the earth, economic violence? The network will be strengthened and enhanced by action alerts, a newsletter, prayer services, and other activities concerning issues relating to nonviolence.
Current community membership of National BFP includes monasteries in Pittsburgh, PA; Erie, PA; Ridgely, MD; St. Leo, FL; Cullman, AL; Warren, OH; Lisle, IL; Chicago, IL; Atchison, KS; Oklahoma City, OK; Boerne, TX; Glendora, CA; Elizabeth, NJ; Martin, KY; Ferdinand, IN; Fort Smith, AR; Lakewood, CO; Richardton, ND; Beech Grove, IN; Cottonwood, ID; Grand Terrace, CA; Mt. Angel, OR; Crookston, MN; Belcourt, ND; Bismarck, ND; St. Louis, MO; Norfolk, NE; and Elkhorn, NE. Other individuals who are BFP members are located in Dubuque, IA; Brookings, SD; and Gettysburg, SD.
In the most recent mailing, contact persons of National BFP received a prayer service designed to be used for commitment to BFP. A special prayer card was also sent for each BFP member's use. Each member of BFP is invited "to take up a nonviolent way of living in a violent world as an expression of my monastic calling, to keep one day each week as a day of fast and prayer for peace, and to learn more about the spirituality and practice of nonviolence." The steering committee of National Benedictines For Peace invites all Benedictines to become part of this network. Commitment to Benedictines For Peace makes a difference! For further information about joining BFP, please contact:
Dianne Sabol, OSB
Mount Saint Benedict Monastey
6101 East Lake Road
Erie, PA 16511
Phone: 814-899-0614; Fax: 814-898-4004
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