WASHINGTON, D.C. — Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, former archbishop of Washington, has agreed to serve as an informal advisor to the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Directorate of Holy Name Province.
In a letter to Provincial Minister John O’Connor, OFM, Cardinal McCarrick said he was delighted to have been asked to accept this assignment.
“I do expect to be called into Franciscan service now that I’m retired, whenever there is a need,” he said. Cardinal McCarrick has long been supportive of the friars. In 2006, he became affiliated with the Province.
In March, JPIC Animator Russell Testa and JPIC Co-Chair Jacek Orzechowski, OFM, met with Cardinal McCarrick, asking him to offer advice and guidance on Provincial peacemaking efforts.
Peacemaking and Human Rights Experience
Cardinal McCarrick is especially well-known for his work on international human rights, religious freedom and peacemaking. He has traveled on diplomatic missions on behalf of the Church to many nations, including China, Cuba, Rwanda, Eastern Europe, Israel and Palestine.
He also has traveled extensively in Central America and the Middle East, consistently advocating for human rights with strong words and unyielding principles. He has served on the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom, and received the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights from former President Bill Clinton.
Cardinal McCarrick was twice elected to head the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration. He also has led the bishops’ committees on issues of international policy, and assistance for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe.
As a tireless leader dedicated to helping the poor and disenfranchised, he has actively sought justice and promoted peace. He also has worked hard to promote dialogue among different faiths in the interest of increasing international understanding.
For the Vatican, Cardinal McCarrick has served on the Pontifical Councils for Justice and Peace and Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples, the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, and the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See.
JPIC Webinar May 20
The JPIC Directorate is planning a Webinar on May 20 to help friars and partners-in-ministry become aware of the critical need for peacemaking and advocacy in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according Jacek and William “Jud” Weiksnar, OFM, co-chair of the directorate. This initiative was discussed at the April 27 teleconference of the directorate and announced May 2 at the Province’s annual JPIC local contacts retreat.
Details about this event will soon be posted on the JPIC page of the HNP Web site.
— Fran Eskin-Royer is senior staff assistant in the Province’s Office for Justice, Peace and integrity of Creation. She and Russ Testa work in Washington, D.C.