Jim McGinnis — Rest in Peace

by Don on August 16, 2009

in Don's Writing

I learned tonight that Jim McGinnis died on Thursday. This was very shocking news. I’ve known Jim since at least 1982, He gave a presentation the Terre Haute Deanery Center sponsored back in the day. He was a speaker at the Nebraskaland Festival of Faith several years ago. We will all miss Jim and remember him and his family in our prayers. Thanks Jim for all you were and are to the peace movement in this world. May you rest in peace.

Jim McGinnis, Rest in Peace 8-13-09Jim McGinnis, 1995 Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace and the co-founder of the Parenting for Peace and Justice Network, died on Thursday morning, August 13.  He died during his morning walk. His wife, Kathy, went out in search for him when he did not return at the time he normally does.  She saw police cars at a house and stopped to see what was going on and saw a body covered with a sheet on the porch of a house. It was Jim. He was probably trying to get help.  He had been experiencing chest pains a few weeks ago and went for a workup – stress test at a hospital. They did a chemical stress test and told him he was fine.

The funeral Mass will be Tuesday evening, 7:30 pm, at St. Alphonsus Liguori (“The Rock of Christ”) Catholic Church in St. Louis.  If you care to send condolences, please address them to: Kathy McGinnis, 7361 Stanford, St. Louis MO 63130; (314) 726-5367; Kathyppjn@aol.com

Dan Mulhall, National Catechetical Advisor for RCL Benziger, shared these reflections.

My understanding is that Jim donated his body to science.  There seems to be plans for a wake/celebration of Jim’s life on Saturday, Aug. 22, but I don’t know any details.

Jim and Kathy have been such important figure in helping us to see how a commitment to peace and justice could be lived every day, regardless of our situation in life. They contributed much at meetings, conferences, workshops, conference calls, talks, and programs. They offered us hope, vision, frustration, humor, challenge, successes, failures – all the stuff of life–in all they did, directed to a noble end.

Jim was also a clown and used his clown identity to preach the Gospel message of justice an peace throughout the world. May he, this day, share the joy of the resurrection with the Lord whom he served so well. May his soul and all of the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.

If you would like to leave messages or remembrances of Jim, Pax Christi has set up a discussion thread on Pax Christi USA’s 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.

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