Palm Sunday Vigil at SeaTac

A small band of the faithful gathered on a cold, rainy Palm Sunday at the SeaTac Federal Detention Center in Seattle, Washington.  It was fitting that this year’s Palm Sunday fell on April Fools Day.  On that day a little over two thousand years ago God’s Foolish One came riding into town on a donkey.  Although there were no donkeys present at SeaTac on Sunday, followers of the nonviolent way converged on SeaTac Federal Detention Center, where Steve Kelly, SJ continues to dwell in his “solitary” monastery – the Special Handling Unit (SHU). Continue reading

Of Gods and Men

Pax Christi Tacoma will sponsor the film “OfGods and Men” this upcoming Saturday, March 31st, at St. Leo Church– 710 S 13th St, following the 5 PM mass. The movie is scheduled to begin around 6 PM.

Inspired by a true storybetween 1993 until 1996, eight French Trappist monks care for and live in harmony with their Muslim brothers and sisters in an impoverished Algerian community.

When a crew of foreignworkers is massacred by an Islamic fundamentalist group, fear sweeps though the region and the monks face the decision of their lives. The military government offers them protection, but they refuse. Should they leave? Despite the growing menace in their midst, they slowly realize that they have no choice but tostay… come what may!

There will be a discussion about the film and what it means in our life today following the movie for anyone who wishes to join; I know you great souls will not want to miss the gripping dialogue that only Pax Christi leadership can convey.  However, for us lesser souls Theresa will be making her extra rich chocolate cookies, temping us to weaken in these last hours of Lent.

Of Gods and Men is a very powerful film that leads naturally to reflections of faithfulness and fits well into the theme of Palm Sunday and Holy Week. Hope you can join us.

Peace in the kingdom of danger and risk,


Palm Sunday Vigil at SeaTac Federal Detention Center

Looking for a way to show love and support for Fr. Steve Kelly and Susan Crane?

We will return to the Federal Detention Center at SeaTac for a vigil on Palm Sunday.  Steve and Susan remain incarcerated for the Disarm Now Plowshares Action of November 2009. They have been imprisoned for a year and Palm Sunday is a very good time to remind Susan and Steve that the community still holds them in our hearts.

Date of Vigil:  April 1, 2012 Time:  2 – 3 PM Place:  2425 S 200th St, SeaTac, WA  98498

Please invite a friend and bring palm branches if you have them or some other sign of support for Susan and Steve.

Vigil members have been asked not to use detention center parking. It is unclear whether or not cars parked at the detention center will be a problem.

If you are coming from Tacoma, a carpool group will meet at 1418 South G Street (in front of Guadalupe House) in Tacoma at 1:10 and leave for the prison at 1:20 PM.

January 2012 SeaTac vigil when Bix was in solitary.

If you are driving up separately, I advise parking on or near 200th and Highway 99 and then walking to the detention center.

About Susan:  Susan is not at SeaTac; she is scheduled to be released from the Federal Detention Center in Dublin California on April 25th. We invite you to join our virtual vigil (see below) in support of Susan as she spends her last month in detention.

About Steve: Steve refuses to cooperate with the punishment he received for following his conscience and international law. After being incarcerated last March, he temporarily cooperated in order to remain with Bix and care for him. However, when Bix was removed from SeaTac – in May – Steve returned to non-cooperative status and was placed in solitary confinement where he remains to this day. Steve is scheduled to be released in early June.

About the Virtual Vigil: Whether or not you can join us at SeaTac, please take time on April 1 to be “vigilant” about nuclear disarmament in Susan’s and Steve’s name. Some possibilities:

Tell the Senate to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty

Urge your legislators to commit to nuclear disarmament

Write a letter to the editor … any editor!

If you have any other questions please call me at 253-779-8362


Joe (Power-Drutis)

Editor’s Note: In addition to the two advocacy actions listed above, you can find additional advocacy actions at The Nuclear Abolitionist.  Scroll down the right-hand column to the section titled “Advocate for a Nuclear Weapons Free World.”

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