September 12, 2016
Dear Superior General,
We hope the beginning days of this year are times for you to consider many hope-filledopportunities for your leadership team, in the light of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. The forthcoming Formation Workshop for Congregational JPIC (Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation) Promoters, to be held in Rome from November 9 to 12, 2016, provides a timely opportunity for those who are new to this important ministry, or already engaged in it, with the tools needed to begin to effectively promote the ministry of JPIC into the mission of your congregation and the lives of your
members. As a church we are “called above all to be a credible witness to mercy, professing it and living it as the core of the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (Misericordiae Vultus #25)
The JPIC Commission addresses serious global concerns that are critical in today’s world—i.e., climate change, hunger, anti-trafficking of persons, refugees/migrants, Africa. In particular, the workshop will look at ways by which religious communities can integrate “questions of justice and mercy,” which are two dimensions of a single reality that unfolds progressively until it culminates in the fullness of love.” (Misericordiae Vultus #20)
If you have not yet done so, we encourage you to designate at least one of your members to be responsible for coordinating and promoting justice, peace and integrity of creation in your institute. Participating in the formation workshop will enable a JPIC Promoter to animate and actively engage congregation members to respond to the call of Pope Francis to respond in mercy as “the force that reawakens us to new life and instills in us the courage to look to the future with hope.” (Misericordiae Vultus #10)
For more information on the workshop, please visit http://www.jpicroma.org/#!workshopregistration/c1s1o.
Let us continue to pray for one another as we promote the reign of God in our world today.
Peace and all good in your witness to lives of mercy!
Felix Mushobozi, CPPS Sheila Kinsey, FCJM
Executive Co-Secretary Executive Co-Secretary
JPIC Secretariat JPIC Secretariat