Applications are open for a full time Co-Secretary of the JPIC Commission / Las solicitudes están abiertas para un Co-Secretario Ejecutivo para la Comisión JPIC de las dos Uniones de Superiores Generales (USG/UISG) / Un posto di lavoro per un co-segretario esecutivo a tempo pieno della Commissione JPIC

Applications are open for a full time Co-Secretary of the JPIC Commission
Attached: Job Description (English, Spanish and French) and letter (English and Italian) from Co-Presidents, JPIC Commission
[Abajo en Españo / Sotto in Italiano]
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Peace and all good! The accompanying Job Description is for the position of a full time Executive Co-Secretary of the JPIC Commission of Unions of Superiors General (USG/UISG) based in Rome. The Commission invites men religious to apply, as the other Secretary is a female religious.
We encourage all interested and suitable candidate to apply for this position by sending a copy of their CV to the JPIC office ( and before April 2, 2013. Suitable candidates will be interviewed, the modus operandi of which can be worked out in consultation with the candidates. A copy of the ‘Job Description’ in English and Spanish is attached.
JPIC Commission



Queridos hermanosy hermanas:

Paz y bien! La descripción del Trabajoadjunto espara un co-secretarioejecutivoa tiempo completo para la Comisión de JPIC de laUnión de Superiores Generales(USG/ UISG) con sede en Roma.La otra secretaria es unreligiosa.

Animamos a todos losinteresados, con las capacidades requeridas, mandar una copia de su CV a la oficina de JPIC ( de 02 de abril 2013. Los candidatos serán entrevistados, el tiempo y la manera puede ser acordado después.

Comisión JPIC

Oggetto: Invio domande per un co-segretario a tempo pieno della Commissione JPIC
Si allega copia della descrizione delle mansioni in inglese, in spagnolo e in francese .

Pace e bene! La descrizione delle mansioni che vi alleghiamo riguarda il servizio di co-segretario esecutivo a tempo pieno della Commissione JPIC delle Unioni dei Superiori generali (USG/UISG) con sede a Roma. La Commissione rivolge l’invito a inviare domande ai religiosi (uomini), poiché l’altro segretario è una religiosa.
Incoraggiamo tutti coloro che fossero interessati e avessero i requisiti a inviare le domande per questo servizio, inviando una copia del proprio curriculum vitæ all’ufficio JPIC ( and entro l’2 aprile 2013. I candidati idonei saranno chiamati per un colloquio, il cui modus operandi può essere concordato con i candidati stessi.
Si allega copia della descrizione delle mansioni in inglese e in spagnolo.
Commissione JPIC

JPIC Commission Letter to Synod Participants, 2012




Copies of the WAY of the CROSS in English which took place in Rome on March 18, 2012

Talk in English on Mons. Romero by Cardinal Turkson, March 2011 -

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Guidelines for the Animation of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation (JPIC) - Prepared by OFMs - 2009

The JPIC Commission: Some Essentials for JPIC Animation


“Justice makes little headway because the world’s hardness of heart is not easily dissolved and entrenched powers of privilege are not easily moved…” (1)

Jesus came so that everyone and the whole creation would have life and have it to the full (John 10:10). The gospel calls us all to know, love and serve God in Jesus Christ. We show our love of God by and in our love of neighbour. When Jesus emerged from the desert and opened the scroll in the synagogue he presented what could be called his mission statement:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
Because he has anointed me
To bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To let the oppressed go free,
To proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour. (Lk 4:18-19)

This statement describes a central aspect of Christian mission; central to the task of JPIC animation. With Jesus Christ as the focus and with a preferential love for the poor, religious are called and missioned to bring about a restoration and healing of relationships at every level of the church and socitey: personal, between people, with creation and, ultimately, with God. Any Spirit inspired initiative that helps a religious become more fully human, in touch with his/her real self, in touch with others and with creation is has essentially to do with JPIC.

The objective of JPIC animation, and the specific job of a designated JPIC Promoter, is to remind his brothers and sisters in religious life that evangelization and mission, without a JPIC perspective, cannot be authentic. Until this is fully understood, I believe the specific responsibility to animate JPIC needs to be assigned to individuals and commissions.

I wish to present the JPIC Commission while at the same time encouraging religious institutes to develop JPIC animation structures at every level. The following is an outline of my presentation:

  1. Brief outline of the history of the Pontifical Justice and Peace Commission
  2. Development of JPIC in the USG/UISG
  3. What the JPIC Commission does and how it is organized
  4. Some difficulties encountered in JPIC animation in religious Institutes
  5. The importance of JPIC animation
  6. What the JPIC Commission and office offers to religious institutes
  7. What the JPIC Commission would encourage religious institutes to do regarding JPIC values

1. Context - History: The Pontifical JP Commission
Up until Vatican II the Church had turned inward reacting to a rationalistic age which had little place for religion and the spiritual dimension of the human person. Vatican II changed this vision recognizing that ‘…when circumstances of time and place created the need, it can and indeed should initiate activities on behalf of all people.’ (Gaudium et Spes #42)
Vatican 11, recognizing the lack of involvement of the greater part of the People of God in the social area, recommended the creation of “a universal organism in the Church, having as its function to stimulate the catholic community towards the promotion of the development of poor countries and international social justice” (GS 90).
Paul VI accepted this suggestion and established the Pontifical Commission "Iustitia et Pax" with the Motu Proprio Catholicam Christi Eccelesiae of 6 January 1967. John Paul II transformed the Pontifical Commission into the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.
The spirituality of JPIC can be summed up in the words of Paul VI when he established the JP Committee:
“Before our eyes you represent the realization of the last voting of the Council (GS 90). As in other times – and today as well – once the Church or the bell tower has been constructed, a cock is placed on top of the roof as a symbol of vigilance in the faith and in the whole program of Christian life. In similar fashion, on the top of the spiritual building of the Council this Committee has been placed, which has no other mission than that of keeping the eyes of the Church open, its heart sensitive and its hand prepared for the work of charity which it is called upon to realize in the world”

2. History of JPIC Commission of the Union of Superiors General of Men and Women Religious (USG/UISG)
In 1974 the two Unions structured their collaboration by forming a Joint Working Group of Justice and Peace. Collaboration took place with the Pontifical Commission for Justice and Peace. The Joint Working group became more formalised as the Justice and Peace Commission of the USG/UISG in 1982. The title of the Commission was later extended to Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Commission of the USG/UISG.
In 1993 after consultation with the Executive Councils of the USG the UISG a full-time executive secretary was appointed. The secretariat serves the joint Commission on Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation of the Union of Superiors General (Institutes of men) and the International Union of Superiors General (Institutes of women).

The purpose of the Commission is to promote greater awareness, clearer analysis and more effective action in the area of JPIC for USG/UISG members. Through the JPIC office, the Commission offers the following services: documentation, seminars, urgent action campaigns, and support for JPIC promoters and connection with a variety of groups and organizations.

2.1 Membership: There are 19 members on the Commission (2). They meet twice a year. There are six Superior’s General from both the USG and the UISG. The additional members are JPIC promoters, the director of SEDOS and a representative from the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. There is an executive committee of 7 members, including a full-time executive secretary, who implement the directives of the commission.
2.2 JPIC Office: The full-time executive secretary’s office resides in the Curia of the Fratelli Cristiani, Via Aurelia –
2.3 Strategic Plan: After 25 years in existence the JPIC Commission re-launched its mission and purpose through the elaboration of a participative Strategic Planning process in December 2007. Four Strategic directions were agreed on: to promote the centrality of JPIC; facilitate the professional training of JPIC promoters; keep the commission in focus and strengthen networks.
2.4 Working Groups: There are 3 working groups of the Commission – Anti-human trafficking, the integrity of Creation and Africa JPIC training working groups. There are a number of criteria to become a working group of the commission.
2.5 Networking: The Commission networks with many organizations that have similar objectives including: SEDOS, AEFJN, South Sudan project, Catholic Inspired NGOs, UN Decade for Peace, Caritas Internationalis, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and in a particular way with the English and Spanish/Portuguese JPIC Promoter’s groups. The JPIC Promoters groups also have working groups with which the Commission works. They are the Economic Justice Group, whose 2009 Lenten Fairtrade Solidarity Campaign (at: is being launched today; the UN-ONG working group whose individual religious institutes are doing advocacy work at the United Nations (UN); Catholic Social Teaching group and the Migrant group. The latter are focusing on having the International Convention on Migration and their families signed into law in countries around the world.

3. Some difficulties in JPIC animation in Religious Institutes
3.1 After Vatican II, JPIC ministry was not sufficiently illuminated by a non-violent Gospel methodology.
3.2 Equal attention was not placed on personal as well as community transformation processes.
3.3 JPIC ministry tended to focus on changing unjust structures ‘out there’ and tended to ignore the need to help change mentalities ‘within’ religious life.
3.4 Some promoters appointed by Religious Institutes were ‘activists’ rather than ‘animators’. They tended to be committed to a particular dimension of JPIC ministry.
3.5 The leadership appointed Promoters but were often unclear themselves about the nature of JPIC.
3.6 Most promoters did not received any training or orientation
3.7 A lack of continuity and diversity of approaches by those appointed as JPIC Promoters was common.
3.8 The need to work with other services within the institute, such as mission and formation was not sufficiently appreciated.
3.9 In general there was no JPIC plan developed to orient the Institute
3.10 Many promoters, until recently, were from the developed world

4. Why is JPIC animation so important?
4.1 As was mentioned, the focus of JPIC is to support the restoration of “right relationships”; with God, in oneself, between people and with creation.
4.2 JPIC is about building a more just and harmonious world by making a preferential option for the most vulnerable in our societies.
4.3 Integrity of Creation is a particularly important aspect in the light of threats by greenhouse gas emissions and rising planetary temperatures to global ecosystems.
4.4 JPIC is not just something we do, but is primarily an attitude, a vision that influences what we do and how we minister.
4.5 According to Ronald Rolheiser, JPIC (Social and Ecological Justice) is one of the pillars and non-negotiable aspects of an integral Christian Spirituality. The others are Prayer/Personal Morality, Mellowness of Heart and Community. Each one is an essential leg on the stool of an integrated Christian spirituality.
4.6 The role of JPIC animation is to remind religious (like the weather-cock on the temple) of the importance of living and promoting this dimension of the gospel.
4.7 Joe Holland and Peter Henriot S.J. present a good framework to help develop the JPIC dimension of the Christian spirituality. There are four elements for animation of JPIC. They are: Experience, Social Analysis, Theological Reflection/Scripture/Charism and Action. These elements are like four doors. Some people are initially more comfortable entering through one of the doors. The challenge is to build all four elements into a way of living. Some enter the door through experience, others through analysis of the causes of injustice in the world, and others through teleological and/or Scriptural reflection and prayer.
4.8 The role of a JPIC promoter is to help each person and community to identify his/her own particular way of living and promoting JPIC values.

5. As part of a strategic plan developed in December 2007, the Commission offers:
5.1 An orientation course in November each for new JPIC international promoters
5.2 The possibility of working on specific JPIC issues in a working group.
5.3 Ongoing support for International Promoters – through the JPIC English and Spanish/Portuguese Promoter’s groups.
5.4 A variety of JPIC resources
5.5 Support to individual institutes wishing to develop JPIC structures
5.6 An ongoing effort to connect JPIC initiatives at every level and between religious institutes – local, national and international, including advocacy through the UN.

6. The JPIC Commission invites individual religious institutes to:
6.1 Appoint international JPIC Promoters
6.2 Give Promoters the necessary support (moral, financial, spiritual, etc.) to do their work – before and during their terms of office.
6.3 Develop JPIC structures at every level
6.4 Incorporate JPIC and JPIC structures into the legislation of the Institute
6.5 Develop collaborative ministry with other commissions/working groups within the Institute, including with the leadership, mission, initial and ongoing formation
6.6 Develop collaborative ministry, where possible, with JPIC promoters of other religious institutes, as well as Catholic, Ecumenical and NGOs with similar ideals and goals.
6.7 Incorporate JPIC into pastoral projects
6.8 Consider doing advocacy work through the UN and/or other government and international organizations.

Gearóid Francisco Ó Conaire ofm
Ex. Secretary, JPIC Commission

(1) Ronald Rolheiser, Seeking Spirituality, p. 169.

(2) New Superiors General representing the UISG: are Bernardina Poonthottam OMI, Sr. Adalberta Mette SCC. New Superiors General representing the USG are: Fr. Kieran O’Reilly, SMA and Fr. Glen Lewandoswki OSC. New JPIC Promoters are: Mary John Kudiruppil, SSPS, Begoña Pérez HSC, Vicente Felipe OFM and Franca Sessa LSA.
The other members of the Commission are: Soledad Galeron MC (Co-President), Wilhelm Steckling OMI (Co-President), Antonio Pernia SVD, Linda Webb DMJ, Victoria de Castejón RSCJ (Sec. Gen. UISG), Pietro Trabucco IMC (SEC. Gen. USG), Julia Arciniegas FMA, John Kilcrann SSPs, Dominick Pujia FMS, Gearóid Francisco Ó Conaire ofm (Ex. Sec.), Fr. Carlos Lara López, Pontifical JPIC Commission, Carlos Linera O.P (SEDOS). Juan Antonio Flores SX has returned to Mexico.

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