On Anne Montgomery: Of Two Hands and Two Feet

Dear Friends,

Kathy Kelly is one of those extraordinary souls whose acts of love, compassion and courage are well-known.  Kathy understands, as did Anne Montgomery, that it is not about “us” per se, but about our work and the fact that we do not do it alone.

Anne and Kathy would meet, not unexpectedly, in conflict zones where both were working with people in dire need.  It is work that takes not only faith, hope and courage, but persistence. Continue reading

Put an End to Nuclear Weapons Testing

Editor’s Note:  Today (August 29th) is the International Day to End Nuclear Testing.  Although atmospheric nuclear testing ended years ago, and underground testing is a rarity, this is still a critical issue for humanity.  The 1996 Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) has yet to enter into force.  The U.S. is one of a minority of countries that have not yet ratified the CTBT.  Furthermore, the U.S. has conducted what it calls “subcritical” nuclear tests, which I believe to go against the spirit of the CTBT. 

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his message on the International Day Against Nuclear Tests, said Continue reading

Funeral Service for Anne on September 15th

Dear Friends,

The funeral service for Anne Montgomery will be:

10:00 am Saturday, September 15th in the

Oakwood Chapel
140 Valparaiso Ave.
Atherton CA 94027

followed by burial in the Oakwood cemetery (same property as the chapel),
Sharing of memories,
and Lunch

Bill Bichsel, SJ and Steve Kelly, SJ will concelebrate.

For people planning to fly in, Oakwood is approximately midway between the San Francisco International and San Jose International Airports.

In Memory of Anne Montgomery: “Let the Children Live”

(This was originally posted at The Nuclear Abolitionist on August 28th)

Dear Friends,

In the long, hard struggle for a just, nonviolent, peaceful world there are participants who dedicate their lives so fully to the service of others – truly to all humanity – that they shine (in a humble way) bright as the noonday sun.

Anne Montgomery, RSCJ, who passed away yesterday, is one of those extraordinarily bright spirits.  Her every breath, every step, every word, every action embodied the deepest spirit of love and compassion.  Her nonviolent spirit poured from her and touched so many in this world. Continue reading

To Anne and the Road Less Travelled

Dear Friends,

Our dear friend and peacemaker Anne Montgomery was no stranger to the road less travelled, a road requiring great skills of spiritual navigation.  On the other hand, that road less travelled is one that was blazed by some well-worn sandals roughly 2000 years ago.  Anne locked on a true compass bearing that guided her well on her long, full life’s journey. Continue reading

Sr. Anne remembered by her Sisters (of the Sacred Heart)

(From the Society of the Sacred Heart, in memory of our Dear Sr. Anne.  We will post details on the celebration of Anne’s life here at Disarm Now Plowshares as soon as they are available.)


Anne Montgomery, RSCJ

Birth: November 30, 1926
Profession: March 5, 1951
Death: August 27, 2012

Prominent peace activist Anne Montgomery, RSCJ, died Monday, August 27 at Oakwood, the Society of the Sacred Heart’s elder care center in Atherton, California. Known around the world for her commitment to peace, Sister Montgomery was incarcerated many times after witnessing to peace and justice through acts of nonviolent civil disobedience, in protest of nuclear weapons. Her life will be celebrated in a Mass of Resurrection at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 15, at Oakwood, 140 Valparaiso Avenue, Atherton, CA 94027. Burial will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery. Continue reading

In Memory of Anne Montgomery

Dear Friends,

Our dear friend Anne Montgomery passed away in the loving presence of her community this morning.  She is forever in our hearts.  The following was posted by the Society of the Sacred Heart. Continue reading

(Peace) Walking, filled with the Light…

Mary Jane Parrine, who participated in the Walk for Nuclear Disarmament, shared her reflection of time spent with the Dominican Sisters in Fremont on Monday evening and Tuesday morning.  The time with the Dominican’s was one of many blessings experienced throughout the walk (from start to finish).  For Mary Jane, the actual blessing bestowed on the walkers the morning before leaving was particularly moving. Continue reading

Anti-nuclear weapons activist returns to prison

By Marilyn Bechtel, Originally published August 24, 2012 at Peoples World, http://peoplesworld.org/anti-nuclear-weapons-activist-returns-to-prison/

Photo: Marilyn Bechtel/PW

DUBLIN, Calif. – With prayer and song, dozens of supporters saw anti-nuclear weapons campaigner Susan Crane back to prison Aug. 22, as she prepared to serve an additional 60-day sentence at the federal women’s prison here. The new sentence came on top of 15 months she had already served after participating in a 2009 Disarm Now Plowshares nonviolent direct action at a Washington state naval facility where nuclear-armed Trident submarines are based.Crane, a 68-year-old retired teacher and member of the Catholic Worker movement, was joined by supporters in a four-day, 40-mile peace walk to the prison gates from a Lockheed-Martin facility that makes the nuclear warhead-carrying Trident II D-5 missile the Trident submarines carry. Continue reading

On the Third Day They Kept Walking…

Here is a brief video from Jim Haber taken on the afternoon of the third day (Tuesday, August 21st) of the Walk for Nuclear Disarmament: From Lockheed to Lock-Up, as the walkers head for Pleasanton.

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