Website’s Justice and Peace Page Offers Contact Newsletter

Jocelyn Thomas Around the Province

SILVER SPRING, Md. — News about the justice, peace and integrity of creation activities of friars around the globe is now available on the Province’s website. In January, the Justice and Peace page of began offering links to issues of Contact, the newsletter published by the Order’s JPIC Office in Rome. Issues are listed under JPIC Publications in the Resources section.

“We want to provide our friars, partners-in-ministry and other visitors to our website with a glimpse of how Franciscans around the world are working for social justice,” said Russell Testa, director of the HNP Office for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation in Silver Spring. “It’s exciting to see how our work is part of a global effort.”

The March 2012 issue of Contact offers news about:

• The February meeting of the Order’s JPIC Animation Committee in Nairobi, Kenya, which included Joseph Rozansky, OFM, director of the Order’s JPIC Office in Rome, and Ignatius Harding, OFM, of Bolivia, as participants

• An invitation from the interprovincial Franciscan community in South Tucson, Ariz., to visit and learn about their work with migrants and immigration

• Participation of Holy Name Province in the annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days, held last month in Washington, D.C.

• The Curia’s annual JPIC course at the Pontifical University Antonianum in Rome, this year April 17 to 27

• An invitation from Joseph Rozansky for reflection and action on ecology and environmental justice. In June, Rio de Janeiro will host “Rio + 20,” a conference on sustainable development. In a lengthy article, Joe said the conference will address concepts “that we need to understand in order to make better choices for the future.”

Also last month, the Province’s Justice and Peace page was given a new look, with a reformatting of its landing page. “Because we had added so much information under our JPIC in Action section, we needed to better balance the information,” said Fran Eskin-Royer, senior staff assistant in the JPIC Office. “We are always striving to present an attractive design to our site visitors, so they will be more apt to return to the page.”

Other resources offered include links to seasonal programs and Franciscan positions.

— Compiled by Jocelyn Thomas