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Bringing the Healing Presence of Christ


The Justice and Peace Office is an expression of our charism to bring God's healing love to the poor, the sick, and the needy. Sister Mary Shaw, ASC, promotes and develops programs and activities that inform, inspire and involve the Sisters, Associates and others in the ministry of Justice and Peace.

As Franciscans, we seek to promote human dignity and respect for all creation, while providing a voice for the voiceless through attitudes and behaviors of nonviolence. In conjunction with the Ad Hoc Committee, the Office of Justice and Peace will also monitor and inform on the following issues: Death Penalty, Unjust Systems, Healthcare, and Immigration.

In solidarity with all of God's peoples, especially the poor and disenfranchised, we seek to bring life and healing through our advocacy, stewardship and presence.
 


News: June 18, 2019
 

 

News: May 6, 2019

 


News: February 1, 2019



News: January 9, 2019
Tens of thousands have taken the Vow of Nonviolence since it was composed by Eileen Egan and Rev. John Dear, S.J. It can be pronounced privately, with a local peace community, as part of a parish liturgy, or any other way that suits you. Many profess the Vow each year as part of their New Year observance. 

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We invite you to learn about our official position on current important topics.
July 13, 2018 Statement on Immigration
October 24, 2018 Statement with LCWR on Immigration
November 1, 2018 Statement with LCWR on Clean Energy
January 1, 2019 Petition signed with LCWR on the Shut Tornillo Down Coalition
February 28, 2019 Statement of Support with the USCCB Committee on Migration

 

 


 


ECOLOGY:


Deepening our reverence of creation as it reflects "the presence of the Divine" (Thomas Berry, CP). We will consider ways that we can develop our human-Earth relationship and increase our understanding of the New Cosmology and ecology from a cosmological perspective. We will promote responsible stewardship of the world's resources and encourage this stewardship in our ministries. (To learn more, we invite you to click on the links below.)

Laudato Si (2015)
Navajo Water Project
Earth Day
National Geographic
National Geograpic video
350
Catholic Climate Covenant
Francis 35
 

EMPOWERING WOMEN:
Women are not helpless in face of existing challenges. Around the world they are decision-makers for themselves, their families, villages, businesses, and governments. For societies where this is not the case, people speak of the need for women's empowerment. We must ensure that women's empowerment and gender equality stand at the heart of all of our work to craft a better future. (To learn more, we invite you to click on the links below.)

Girl Rising
Bakhita Initiative
Pope Francis
United Nations
Project IRENE


HUMAN TRAFFICKING:
Human Trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery that is widespread throughout both the United States and the world. After the issue of drug dealing in our world, this is the second largest and the fastest growing criminal industry in the world. (To learn more, we invite you to click on the links below.)



Franciscans International
Human Trafficking
Love 146
Slavery Footprint
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Franciscan Federation
Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
Polaris Project


NON-VIOLENCE: 
Pax Christi says, "Violence ends where love begins. The use of peaceful means, not force, to bring about political or social change." (To learn more, we invite you to click on the links below.)

In 2016, the Franciscan Federation wrote a Resolution on Gun Violence. Please click here to read it.



Pax Christi
Catholics Confront Global Poverty
School of the Americas Watch
National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

  

 


 THE PEACE POLE

On November 12, 1988, we dedicated the first Peace Pole on our property based on the global Peace Pole Project. On July 2, 2008, we dedicated a new Peace Pole, made of western red cedar, standing seven feet tall. The phrase “May Peace Prevail on Earth” is displayed in six languages: English, Japanese, German, Hebrew, Polish, and Hindi (pictured above).


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