Fr. Sebastian Muccilli
Pax Christi Florida Prophet of Peace
Fr. Sebastian L. Muccilli died very peacefully, with his family around him, on February 16th in St. Augustine FL. He had been suffering with Parkinson’s disease for several years.
Ordained a priest in Trenton, New Jersey on May 25, 1957, Fr. Muccilli was as an associate pastor at St. Mary Church in Alpha, NJ from 1957-1961. In 1961 Fr. Muccilli joined the United States Navy, serving in Sasebo, Japan and at the U.S. Naval Support Activity Hospital in DaNang Vietnam until 1970. He was director of Catholic Campus Ministry at Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ) from 1970-1982. From 1983-1986 he was an instructor at the Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corner, Wisconsin. Fr. Muccilli served as associate coordinator of Pax Christi USA from 1986-1988. From 1988-1990 he was the director of St. Damien Clinic and Hospice for Children in Petion-ville, Haiti.
Fr. Muccilli — or “Seb” as most of us knew him — came to West Palm Beach in 1990. He brought his newly adopted son, Jimmi Pierre Muccilli, with him. Fr. Muccilli worked as an organizer of Parish Social Ministry programs at the diocese of Palm Beach (1990-1991), was as associate pastor at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in West Palm Beach (1991-1993), coordinator of the volunteers of the Comprehensive AIDS program (1993-1995) and the first Catholic chaplain at the newly built USVA Medical Center in West Palm Beach until 2000. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi parish and celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination as a priest there in 2007.
After retirement, Fr. Muccilli continued his ministry, acting as spiritual moderator of the Black Catholic Ministry in the Diocese of Palm Beach. He presided at the Sunday and Holy Day Liturgies at the Nettles Island Catholic Community, a mission of St. Martin de Porres Parish in Jenson Beach FL.
Beloved by those who knew him – his neighbors, his co-workers, his friends – Fr. Muccilli had a special way of reaching people at the margins of our world, treating them all with dignity, respect, and reverence. Active in the local Pax Christi Palm Beach group, Fr. Muccilli inspired actions in Haiti and locally. As wars were being waged in our name, Fr. Muccilli’s voice was strongly prophetic. His letters appeared regularly in the Palm Beach Post, the New York Times and other national publications.
In 2007, Fr. Muccilli, along with Esther Brown, accompanied Darrel Grayson to his execution by the state of Alabama. He was the Spiritual Advisor to the Board of Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty on death row at Holman prison for several years.
Fr. Muccilli loved poetry, art and music. He cared deeply for the beauty, animals and peoples of world. His passion was justice. He shared who he was freely, and often with humor, without apology or restraint. As a priest, he lifted us all, with himself, as sacred offering to God.
Funeral Mass will be on Sunday, February 22 at 2pm at St. Anastasia Catholic Church in St. Augustine Beach.
Sweet stars I’ll ask
A softer question:
Moon attend to the
End. I’m here alone.
The feeling that one is on the
Edge of many things: that
There are many worlds from
Which we are separated by
Only a film; that a flick
Of the wrist, a turn
Of the body another way
Will bring us to a new world.
It is more than a perpetual
Expectation … it is richness
And yet denial, this living a
Half a step, as it were, from
What one should be. The
Valleys are always green,
But only the eyes, never the
Feet are there … The feeling
Is always with us.
A pure light came,
And stole me away
– Theodore Roethke
(written by Beth Cioffoletti)
Florida’s Execution Alert!
Jerry William Correll
Florida Supreme Court has stayed the Feb. 26 execution of Jerry Correll. This and all Florida executions likely to be stayed until at least June when the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on Oklahoma’s lethal injection procedure that is virtually identical to Florida’s. Read the Florida Supreme Court decision here.
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Friday to review Oklahoma’s lethal injection execution procedure.
Florida also uses the same three-drug procedure. It is expected that Florida inmates facing execution will appeal for a stay while the process is under review. The Supreme Court will hear the case in April and will likely issue a decision in June. Read the Reuters story here.
Broward/Palm Beach New Times puts Gov. Rick Scott’s execution record in perspective in “Rick Scott Is About to Break the Modern Record for Most Executions by a Florida Governor.” Click here to read the article.
MARCH 21-22, 2015
Living the Nonviolent Life
Fr. Bob Cushing
San Pedro Retreat Center
2400 Dike Rd., Winter Park, FL 32792
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(Print on 8.5 x 14 paper)
Pax Christi St. Maurice
invites Peace Seekers to welcome
Fr. John Dear
Peace Activist and Lecturer
Author of 20 Books on Peace & Non-Violence
Nobel Peace Prize Nominee
Friday, April 10 at 7:00 PM:
St. Maurice Church at Resurrection, 441 Northeast 2nd St., Dania Beach, FL (2nd street is behind Dania Jai Alai)
Contact: Art Kane (954-468-9900)
Monday, April 13 at 7:00 PM:
Barry University Chapel, 11300 Northeast 2nd Ave, Miami Shores, FL 33161
Contact: Steffano Montano (305-899-3443)
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she moves me
blogging for mother earth
PCF Council Member, Jim Rucquoi
i want to sit on this rock with you awhile, friend, think out loud a bit. first up, these new readings i’ve bumped into that continue to shake me awake. ever since starting out on my bike three years ago for mother earth, mother’s been whispering in my ear something fierce. after climate ride california last year i can think of little else. scattered news of old that held me in its addictive clutches fails to move me anymore. you move me, mother, front & center at last.
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Photos from Pax Christi Events
In right column, you will find photos of Pax Christi Florida’s 2011 Assembly, God, Country, and the Common Good led by Jean Sammon of NETWORK – Catholic Social Justice Lobby in Washington, DC. This event was held October 15 and 16 at the Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park, Florida. For additional Pax Christi Florida event photos, click here.