“If we want to do what we have to do, we have to be where the people are who are making the decisions,” Dave Robinson, executive director of Pax Christi USA, told Go Erie.
National Council Chairperson Sr. Josie Chrosniak, HM, described it as an “exciting step forward”.
â€œThe growth of our movement, the dire need for voices holding up nonviolence, and our ever deepening commitment to speak truth to power call us to a new moment. It is an exciting step forward for Pax Christi USA,â€ said Sr. Chrosniak in a media statement.
Pax Christi USAâ€™s National Council determined to make the move at this time as an effort to enhance the organizationâ€™s ability to influence the content and tone of our national political and religious conversations on issues which are at the heart Pax Christi USAâ€™s mission, the statement says.
Pax Christi USA has maintained a program office in Washington, D.C. since 2002, and recently expanded that presence by moving to the Center of Concern and initiating an internship program that includes a live-in community.
â€œOur intern community is a living witness of Pax Christiâ€™s core commitment to nonviolence and right relationships and embodies the values and aspirations of Pax Christi members across the nation,â€ said Dave Robinson, Executive Director of Pax Christi USA. â€œIn a very concrete way, they are bringing our movement to the steps of power by modeling the peace we all seek.â€
Pax Christi USAâ€™s Washington operations are directed by Sr. Dianna Ortiz, OSU.
â€œThe D.C. Office works primarily to facilitate the voice of Pax Christiâ€™s nationwide network,â€ said Sr. Ortiz. â€œWe work to affect social transformation through a combination of organizational networking, coalition development and media work, direct interaction with Congress and the Administration, as well as extensive research and production of social analysis and theological reflection to empower grassroots activities nationwide.â€
Pax Christi USA moves national headquarters to nation’s capital (Pax Christi USA)