University of Notre Dame

Eileen Egan Papers

1955-1999; bulk 1967-1971

Origination : Egan, Eileen
Extent : 5 linear inches.
Repository : University of Notre Dame Archives
Address : Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

Administrative Information


Eileen Egan.

History of PAX is not to be quoted without permission from the author.

Preferred Citation

Eileen Egan Papers (EEG), University of Notre Dame Archives (UNDA), Notre Dame, IN 46556

Scope and Content

Correspondence, printed matter, mimeographed reports, fliers, clippings, and a history of the American PAX Association by Eileen Egan, "Crime Against God and Man: the Struggle of the Small Vehicle, PAX"; with material on Christian nonviolence, on the Catholic just war doctrine and difficulties of Catholic conscientious objectors during the Vietnam War; including documentation of the PAX Tivoli Conferences at the Catholic Worker Farm and a few items pertaining to other issues of justice and peace such as the grape boycott, the civil rights movement, and the poverty of Calcutta. Also a copy of her 1999 book, Peace Be With You: Justified Warfare or the Way of Nonviolence.


Eileen Egan served as Vice-Chairman and editor of publications for PAX (the American PAX Association) and wrote a history of this peace organization in 1992. Founded in New York City in October of 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the American PAX Association consisted of Catholics concerned with Church teaching on peace and war. Following the example of PAX England, the members defined themselves as "an association of Catholics and others who seek to promote peace and to encourage the practical application of Christian principles to the question of war." They pondered the traditional Catholic just war doctrine, questioned nationalism, patriotism, and the authority of the state, and promoted Christian nonviolence. Members included Eileen Egan, Howard Everngam, and Gordon Zahn. In 1972, PAX became Pax Christi USA, the American branch of Pax Christi International.


Egan, Eileen
Everngam, Howard
Zahn, Gordon Charles, 1918-
American PAX Association
Pax Christi USA
Just war doctrine
Conscientious objection
Catholic worker
Crime Against God and Man: the Struggle of the Small Vehicle, PAX
Peace Be With You: Justified Warfare or the Way of Nonviolence

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