Kateri Peace Conference and Pax Christi NY Gathering

Save the Dates

for the

The First-ever Pax Christi New York State Gathering


The 24th Annual Kateri Peace Conference

Friday, September 16th, 2022-

Saturday, September 17th, 2022

at the

St. Kateri Tekakwitha National Shrine

Fonda, NY

On Friday, September 16th, join Pax Christi New York State in beautiful upstate New York for a gathering at the St. Kateri National Shrine in Fonda, NY, working cooperatively with the Shrine and the Kateri Peace Conference (to be held Saturday, September 17, 2022).

We are extending this invitation to all who are interested in healing past transgressions and affirming a future with justice and compassion. Many Catholics are aware that the Doctrine of Discovery served as a legal, moral, and spiritual justification for colonialism, the oppression and destruction of indigenous cultures, and the theft of land along with the right to land ownership and cultural identity. We are delightedly and deeply appreciative of Syracuse Bishop Douglas J. Lucia who has addressed the need for a papal apology and complete and thorough renunciation of the Doctrine of Discovery.

Our gathering will be a day of community-building as a state region of Pax Christi and an opportunity to learn (more) about the Doctrine of Discovery from a Native American on indigenous land and to tour the Saint Kateri Tekakwitha National Shrine.

Then on Saturday, the 17th, at the 24th Kateri Peace Conference, we will be informed, inspired, and activated. The Conference will include a tour of the National Shrine of North American Martyrs in Auriesville, NY, with a special presentation at the grave of Fr. Daniel Berrigan.  We will watch “Voices For Peace,” a new documentary movie, meet the director, Michael Kennedy, and discuss the film with her and several of the activists in the movie.

We are also inviting some very special speakers and will share more details in our next announcement coming soon. Remember please save these dates. You won’t be disappointed!



To register please notify both Rosemarie Pace at nypaxchristi@gmail.com and John Amidon at jajaja1234@aol.com. Please indicate if you are registering for the Pax Christi NYS Gathering, the Kateri Peace Conference, or both.

Check one:

I am registering for _____ the Pax Christi NYS Gathering

______ the Kateri Peace Conference

_____ both the Gathering and the Conference.


The Kateri Peace Conference has always been a labor of love. Anyone can attend for free; however, we ask for a modest $20 – $40 donation.

If you are also attending the Pax Christi NYS Gathering or only attending the Pax Christi NYS Gathering, please consider a donation/additional donation of $20 or whatever you are able to pay, but know that no one will be turned away.

As we’re sure you understand, there are expenses for both days. Your donation helps cover the cost of lunch, a donation to the Shrine, speaking honoraria, and other refreshments.

Donations will be accepted at the events. Checks can be made to Veterans for Peace.

Driving Directions to the Saint Kateri National Shrine and Historic Site

Take the NYS Thruway to exit 28, Fonda/Fultonville. Turn left after exiting, then right over the bridge. Turn left on Route 5. Proceed approximately 1½ miles (through Fonda, staying on Route 5) to the National Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine. The Shrine is on the right with good parking.

Places To Stay near Fonda, NY:

Holiday Inn – Johnstown. 4.8 miles


(https://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/johnstown/jntny/hoteldetail )

Microtel Inn and Suites 4.0 miles


( https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/microtel/johnstown-new-york/microtel-inn-and-suites-johnstown/overview?CID=LC:MT::GGL:RIO:National:30896&iata=00093796 )

Super 8 Wyndham – Johnstown 4.6 miles



Spring Thruway Tour June 5


Upstate CTA presents Debra Rose-Milavec, co-director of Future Church.
Topic: Cracks of Hope in a Rigid Institution: Don’t Throw in the Towel

Time: Wednesday, June 5th, 7:00 PM
Location: New Covenant Presbyterian Church
916 Western Avenue, Albany, NY
Presentation will be in the Fellowship Hall at the New Covenant Presbyterian Church. The church building is on the south side of Western Avenue between Orlando and Daytona. There is a large parking lot in the rear of the building. Enter the parking lot from either side street. Enter the building using the doors toward the left end of the building.
Free will offering


Co-sponsored by the Upper Room Inclusive Catholic Community


Child Victims Act set to be introduced in NYS Legislature

*EXCLUSIVE: Revised, tougher Child Victims Act set to be introduced in NYS Legislature* Kenneth Lovett  Albany Bureau Chief  Jan 22, 2019 Daily News EXCLUSIVE:

Revised, tougher Child Victims Act set to be introduced in NYS Legislature https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-pol-child-victims-act-hoylman-rosenthal-20190122-story.html The latest draft obtained by the Daily News would raise the top age that a child sex abuse survivor can bring a civil lawsuit to 55, up from the current 23. Going forward, the bill also does away with a requirement that a minor abused at a public institution like a school must file within 90 days of the attack of an intent to sue. Under the latest draft, someone sexually assaulted at a public institution would be able to bring a civil lawsuit up to his or her 55th birthday. The draft also includes a one-year lookback window to revive old cases that under current law cannot be filed. The latest draft includes language designed to ensure that window will be open to those abused at both private and public institutions. After more than a decade-and-a-half of intense lobbying—and the Democrats now controlling both houses of the Legislature–survivors and advocates could see a vote on the Child Victims Act within a week or two, insiders say.