Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation

The friars are to live in this world as promoters of justice and as messengers and agents of peace, overcoming evil and doing good. The friars shall proclaim peace by word and cherish it so deep in their hearts that no one is stirred to anger or scandal, but rather that everyone is called back to peace, meekness and kindness through them.  (General Constitutions, Article 68)

Following closely in the footsteps of Saint Francis, the friars are to maintain a reverent attitude towards nature, threatened from all sides today, in such a way that they may restore it completely to its condition of brother and to its role of usefulness to all mankind for the glory of God the Creator.  (General Constitutions, Article 71)


By means of:

  • being open to deepening authentic relationships among us as Brothers
  • being a model for others of good communication, open-mindedness and inclusivity
  • inviting friars to reflect and share personal experiences of transformation in their lives
  • being willing to listen with respect to each other’s experiences and perspectives, seeking ways to affirm each other
  • helping to create a climate of Peace in the SHP
  • encouraging the movement from “surface” Peace to Inner Peace
  • emphasizing the power of relationships over projects

A recent project of the SHP JPIC Commission is to invite friars to reflect on their personal experinces of JPIC in Educating, Serving, Advocating, and Empowering others to be JPIC Animators which are then published in the SHP ATP.  We appreciate the partnership with the ATP.

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Canticle of the Creatures
by Fr. Jerry Bleem, O.F.M.