Benedictines are the oldest religious order in the Roman Catholic Church. Born in late antiquity when marauding armies made all civilization vulnerable to violence, Benedictines adopted PAX(peace) as their motto.
The central teaching in the 1500 year-old Rule of Benedict is that everyone, including every stranger, is to be welcomed as a blessing and treated as Christ.
Benedictines for Peace (BFP) carries the ancient quest for peace into contemporary times. As the peace and justice outreach of the Erie Benedictine community, BFP members advocate for nonviolence, social change and justice by direct action, prayer and bearing witness.