International Dominican Commission for Justice and Peace

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International Dominican Commission for Justice and Peace
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The Dominican Order’s International Commission on Justice and Peace met at Santa Sabina in Rome, from Monday, June 8, to Thursday, June 11, 2015.  With membership drawn from Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin and North America, four friars, six sisters, and one member of the Dominican Lay Fraternity met under the leadership of Fr Mike Deeb, General Promoter for Justice and Peace, and Sr Celestina Veloso Freitas, DSI International Promoter for Justice and Peace.

Faced with the reality of a world where wars and violations of human rights are escalating, there is an urgency to develop an effective Dominican International Justice and Peace Commission that will assist the Order as a whole to make a contribution to reversing this tragic tendency. The work of the Order in promoting Justice and Peace has most recently focused on the challenges arising from the violation of human rights (especially in the many war zones), poverty, migration (especially the human trafficking of women and children), and the impact of climate change on the poor and marginalized.  In addition to a discussion of local and regional efforts in these areas, those at the meeting considered the connection of such ministry to the international level through the Order’s representation as a Non-Governmental Organization at the United Nations.  

To ensure greater effectiveness, the commission sought to identify and clarify the responsibilities of those whose job is to assist in encouraging awareness and engagement in the areas of justice and peace for their regions and provinces (the friars), or inter-congregational structures as developed by DSI (the sisters).   Likewise, members of the commission began a planning process by which networking, communication, and the celebration of the Order’s jubilee could sustain and enhance the Order’s response to the Gospel’s demands for justice and peace.  It is hoped that the Commission will meet annually to enable regular assessment of the tasks assigned to each member.

For more pictures of the meeting of the commission, click here.

Fr Mike Deeb, OP

 

(19 June 2015)