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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.

May 14, 2020

News: May 5, 2020
During these extraordinary times, the Covenant's Founding Executive Director, Dan Misleh encourages us to pause and ponder how the response to the parallel Covid-19 pandemic and the climate crisis means we must fully engage in creating hopeful solutions to protect both God's creation and our vulnerable brothers and sisters around the world. How does Laudato Si' guide us to confront the parallel crises of Covid-19 and climate change?


News: April 3, 2020
Pope Francis' special video 


News: March 6, 2020

In preparation of World Water Day on March 22, please view this video.

News: February 18, 2020
Months after an Associated Press investigation revealed the fishing industry in Southeast Asia was rife with slavery and hundreds of men from Myanmar were freed, one of those former slaves returns home after 22 years. 

News: February 4, 2020
We are called to witness to Faithful Citizenship as we participate in the public square through political engagement and civil dialogue. Featuring Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the USCCB, and young adults.

News: January 24, 2020
The Kino Border Initiative (KBI) is a binational organization that works in the area of migration and is located in Nogales, AZ and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. The KBI was inagurated in January 2009 by six organizations from the USA and Mexico.


News: July 18, 2019

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious joined with others on the US Capitol lawn to call for an end to the immoral and inhumane practice of detaining immigrant children. 


News: July 3, 2019
In a video message sent ahead of the World Day of Migrants & Refugees, Pope Francis warns against the proliferation of cruel attitudes towards those whom society excludes.

News: May 6, 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.
November 20, 2019 Statement on Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement
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

August 12, 2019 Statement of Support for End to Gun Violence



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.)

June 5, 2020


January 29, 2020


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


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 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

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




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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