National Commission on Justice and Peace in Canada
– English section, Jan 3, 2000
“Let them individually and collectively be in the forefront in
promoting justice by the testimony of their human lives and their
courageous initiatives. Especially in the field of public life, they
should make definite choices in harmony with their faith.”
Affirm and challenge the Secular brothers and sisters in their efforts
to re-explore and re-think the basics of the Rule (e.g. the sacraments,
prayer, scripture, poverty, penance) from the perspective of peace and
A. Request all regions to focus on and/or include discussion of peace
and justice, as a fundamental aspect of Christian life and the Franciscan
charism, at all workshops and retreats they conduct during the year, and
ask that all local fraternities do the same.
B. Develop a list of qualified speakers/presenters who could reflect
with the brothers and sisters on our charism of peace, penance and
conversion, as it applies to the present historical and cultural
situations in our country and world.
C. Request that all provinces and fraternities make liaison with their
friar counterparts and communities of Franciscan religious women, to
arrange for Seculars to take part in their workshops/retreats which relate
to the basic issues of peace and justice, and also to invite the friars
and Sisters to participate in Secular workshops/retreats.
D. Request that all fraternities make liaison with fraternities of
other provinces functioning in the same geographic areas to arrange
participation in workshops and retreats where peace and justice is a
E. Develop a list of resource material: films, tapes, books and
articles, that can be utilized by the brothers and sisters to further
their understandlng and appreciation of the Franciscan Vision of peace and
Help with the ongoing identification of systems which deny human
dignity and freedom, and adopt focused and non-violent confrontation of
those systems as an aspect of Secular Franciscan ministry at the national,
provincial, regional and local levels.
A. Challenge each region and fraternity council to enter into a process
of discernment leading to consensus (corporate stance) to confront one or
two issue areas (e.g. hunger, unemployment, homelessness, nuclearism)
which are unjust and/or threaten peace.
B. Request that each region confer with its member fraternities to
develop a plan whereby every fraternity will be challenged to assist in
the development and enfleshing of the corporate stance of the province at
the local level.
Encourage the Secular brothers and sisters to collaborate fully in the
peace and justice work and mission plan of the local church.
A. Request that all fraternities select peace and justice ministers to
serve as liaisons to the National Commission on Peace and Justice in their
B. Specifically ask all fraternity peace and justice ministers to make
liaison with their diocesan peace and justice offices and recommend ways
in which the fraternity can support the work of the diocese for peace and
justice. When there are several fraternities within a diocesan
jurisdiction, their peace and justice ministers are called to collaborate
and confer to determine how best to maintain the liaison with the diocese.
Particular emphasis should be placed on applying the social teachings of
the Church to the local situation.
C. In areas where there is no formal diocesan peace and justice
structure, local peace and justice ministers are called to speak and act
to bring such structures into existence.
D. Request that each fraternity promote and particpate in dialogue and
prayer with other church traditions in an attempt to build a unified,
ecumenical, local effort for peace and justice.
Integrate and coordinate the peace and justice efforts of the Secular
Franciscan Order with the other branches of the Franciscan Familv in North
A. Participate in efforts being made by other branches of the
Franciscan Family to create a single Franciscan approach to specific
issues involving matters of peace and justice.
B. Supply regular input concerning the peace and justice work going on
within the Secular Franciscan community to be shared with other branches
of the Franciscan Family through Franciscan International
Affirm and challenge the Secular brothers and sisters to recognize,
understand and embrace peace and justice ministry as an essential element
of their Franciscan
evangelical vocation, through the processes of initial and ongoing
A. Enter into a dialogue with the National Director of Formation for
the purpose of jointly developing peace and justice materials for use at
the provincial, regional and local levels to communicate and explain
Chapter II, #15 and #19 of the Rule, and to challenge the brothers and
sisters to live out its provisions.
B. Enter into a dialogue with the National Director of Formation to
determine how the call to be at the forefront in promoting justice and
peace can best be incorporated into ongoing formation.
Assure that the brothers and sisters are informed of the ways the
Franciscan Vision of peace and juscice is being specifically,
prophecically, enfleshed by friars, sisters, seculars, and others who are
not formally joined to the Franciscan Family, in Canada and around the
A. Request that National Commission seek out appropriate information
bulletins and inform regional and local representatives to utilize these
resources in ongoing formation