NEW YORK — As health care reform and climate change have taken the focus of the U.S. Congress, several Province ministries have been especially called to action on these justice and peace issues.
St. Camillus Church in Silver Spring, Md., is one of the churches active in JPIC events. On Oct. 28, the community participated in the Province’s Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Committee’s vigil. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., parishioners gathered to pray about the health care issue. The church prayed for U.S. legislators, health care workers, and those in need of health care.
On Nov. 11 at 7 p.m., St. Camillus hosted Art Simon, founder and president emeritus of Bread for the World. Simon spoke and signed copies of his new book The Rising of Bread for the World: An Outcry of Citizens Against Hunger. Simon was expected to share how God uses ordinary people to make an extraordinary difference.
In Raleigh, N.C., St. Francis of Assisi Parish held its first Fair Trade Gift Market from Oct. 23 to 25. “Gift it Up” provided a venue to purchase fair trade items that were produced by local artisans and vendors in developing countries. The event was organized by the parish’s Franciscan Coalition or Justice and Peace.
On Nov. 17, the Raleigh parish will offer an evening of storytelling titled “Voices of Peace: Sharing Stories of Peacemaking from Sudan.”
In northern New Jersey, St. Mary’s Parish will offer two JPIC related events on Nov. 12. The People of Peace group of the Pompton Lakes parish will hold a peacemaking program at 7:30 p.m., and also take part in a nationwide Web cast, “Green Jobs, Climate Justice.”
The People of Peace Peacemaking Program at the Carnevale Center will include discussion of past and future projects and how the group can bring the Franciscan peacemaking message to the community.
The Web cast focuses on the efforts in Congress to pass environmental legistation.
National Franciscan Efforts
The Franciscan Action Network (FAN) continues to advocate for climate change legislation. On Nov. 9, FAN distributed an announcement via e-mail recommending that FAN members write letters to their senators encouraging the passage of legislation to address global climate change.
Editor’s note: Information about future JPIC programs at HNP parishes and ministries are welcomed by the Communications Office.