Jim McGinnis, 1995 Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace, died August 13, 2009

Pax Christi USA learned that Jim McGinnis, 1995 Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace and the co-founder of the Parenting for Peace and Justice Network, died of a heart attack while on an early morning walk on Thursday, August 13.

Janice Vanderhaar, a Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace and good friend to Jim and his wife Kathy, wrote Pax Christi with the news.

“This evening Kathy McGinnis called to tell me the heartbreaking news that our dear friend, Jim McGinnis, died suddenly from a heart attack while taking an early morning walk… Jim was an extraordinary human being who gave every ounce of his being to spreading peace through nonviolence.”

Jim had recently attended the Pax Christi USA National Conference in Chicago, promoting and signing his latest book, Praying for Peace Around the Globe.

“We have lost one of the true lights of our movement,” stated Dave Robinson, Pax Christi USA Executive Director. “Jim, in his work with Kathy, helped all of us in the peace movement to see that our commitment to nonviolence did not only mean working for peace at the national and international levels, but that we were called to act for peace and practice justice at home–within our families, our churches, and our local communities.”

In 1995 Jim and Kathy were recognized for their work as Pax Christi USA Teachers of Peace. Jim was a regular presence at Pax Christi events throughout the years, as a speaker, mentor and participant. His books have been published by Pax Christi USA and the Institute for Peace and Justice, which he co-founded and served as program director. He has been featured in the Catholic Peace Voice, National Catholic Reporter, and numerous publications.

“Although we will miss his presence deeply, his legacy and spirit will live on,” stated Vanderhaar.

“Our hearts go out to Kathy and his family,” said Robinson. “Jim’s passing leaves a hole in each of us who knew him, but his witness will continue to inspire us.”

If you would like to leave messages or remembrances of Jim, Pax Christi USA has set up a discussion thread on their Facebook page for people to share memories, thoughts, thanks and more. You can click on this link to read the discussion thread or post your own comments.

You are invited to continue Jim’s lifelong work through donation and continuing support of:

The Institute for Peace & Justice
475 East Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119
Ph: 314-918-2630

For more information, contact Johnny Zokovitch, Director of Communications, at johnnypcusa@yahoo.com or 352-219-8419.

NOTE: This was a press release from Pax Christi USA

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