Who Are We?

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Franciscans for Justice is a joint project of the O.F.M. Franciscan Friars of the St. Barbara Province and the Our Lady of Guadalupe Province. Franciscan Friars are a Roman Catholic religious community called and committed to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the prophetic spirit of St. Francis of Assisi. We work with others to promote justice, peace and care for creation, in our times.


Our Inspiration

St. Francis of Assisi is one history’s outstanding models of what it means to live life fully as a follower of Jesus Christ.  Francis inspires us in our work. Francis lived a deep life of prayer and boldly proclaimed the Good News of Jesus Christ by his example, preaching, and teaching. His love of Jesus inspired him to public preaching, and to take on the concerns of others. He reached out to the leper, the poor, and the marginalized, recognizing Christ’s presence in them. He proclaimed God’s love and peace, actively fostering reconciliation between warring parties. In all of creation, he perceived God’s love and beauty. His life was marked by intense religious experiences, which drew him deeper into the mystery of God. Francis made the message of God’s love understandable to ordinary people.


Our Approach

We seek to animate justice, peace and care for creation in ourselves, the Church and in the broader society. In the Franciscan tradition, animation is a form of leadership that stresses the power of good example and encouragement.  This approach respects and supports others who share our values in living out their calling.  We seek not to prescribe what others should do, but to understand and strengthen in every human life prayer, lifestyle, service, preaching and advocacy which for some are the concrete expressions of the love of God.

Our Partners

We share these values with a worldwide family of Franciscan men and women, vowed religious, and lay. At the international level, we work with the International OFM JPIC Office in Rome Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Office of the Franciscan Friars to animate the broader Franciscan family. We collaborate with Franciscans International, a nongovernmental organization that brings Franciscan values to the work of the United Nations. At the national level we work with the Franciscan Action Network to advocate for our values. Combining resources as Franciscans for Justice,  The St. Barbara Province of Franciscan Friars and the Our Lady of Guadalupe Province offers parish, retreat, social service, missionary and educational ministries in California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas and missions throughout the world.



Contact Information

Franciscans For Justice

1112  26th St.

Sacramento CA,  95816

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Animation in the Franciscan Tradition

Posted on 17. Feb, 2013 by .


Animation is a Franciscan style of leadership that recognizes the spirit at work in all people.  It works primarily to enliven the faith, vision and engagement of fellow Franciscans with the society and world around them. Animators actively encourage holistic personal growth in those they serve, and provide on-going formation opportunities to explore and commit more deeply to the meaning of Franciscan life today. Animation in justice, peace and care for creation undertakes the encouragement, service, and on-going formation of the friars in our province. The animator devises a collaborative JPIC discernment and reflection process to identify priorities, and then coordinates an agenda which flows from them.

The animator focuses on the experience of friars, fostering theological reflection on their experience of God, Jesus Christ, the poor, social structures, and creation.
Our province’s JPIC work seeks to embody the following traits: broad participation, collaboration, dialogical relationship, mutuality in faith formation, inclusivity, prophetic vision, and formation of conscience.  We understand JPIC animation to be formation work, fostering continuing conversion among all touched by it. The animator works with other friars to carry this same spirit of formation out to the Franciscan family and other laity with whom and to whom we minister.

The JPIC animator collaborates with on-going formation efforts in the province in order to provide formation experiences marked by our Franciscan intellectual tradition, and thus foster a clearer and stronger Franciscan identity among the friars and the Franciscan family. Familiar with the order’s vision for the JPIC dimension of our common vocation, the animator helps the brothers intergrate their vision into their life and work.



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The Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Animation Project

Posted on 16. Feb, 2013 by .


The Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Animation Project is an office of the Province of St. Barbara OFM Franciscan, a decentralized, grass roots organization whose roughly 200 members base their lives and ministries on the spirituality of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi.    This web-site is not a “stand alone” but exists in concert with many other sites created by local organizations who also serve under the umbrella of the St. Barbara Province (e.g. websites for St. Francis Center (L.A.); Mission San Luis Rey, Oceanside CA; St. Elizabeth Parish, Oakland; Casa Paz y Bien (retreat center, Scottsdale); and our Province Web-site, St. Barbara Province, OFM).  The goal of this site is to affirm our decentralized nature and at the same time offer a coordinated message focused on the distinctively Franciscan approach to justice, peace, and care for creation.  By “animation” of justice, peace, and the integrity of creation we mean encouraging and challenging the members of the Province and their collaborators to incorporate these values in our lives and in the work we do in all these various places.  As a resource of stories, interviews, text, photographs, updates that reflect a contemporary expression of this 800-year-old tradition, the web-site is a major tool of this animation.

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Contact Us!

Posted on 01. Jan, 2013 by .


Provide us with this following information and indicate whether you would like to receive our weekly bulletin or bi-monthly newsletter!

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Our Partners

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St. Barbara Province Website Links

Province website:  www.sbfranciscans.org


Retreat Centers

Historic Missions

Outreach Ministries


Our Lady of Guadalupe Province Website Links

Province website: www.swfranciscans.org


  • All Saints – Ganado, AZ
  • Assumption – Rio Rancho, NM
  • Holy Family – Albuquerque, NM
  • Our Lady of Fatima – Chinle, AZ
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe – Pena Blanca, NM
  • Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament – Fort Defiance, AZ
  • San Diego – Jemez Pueblo, NM
  • St. Francis – Gallup, NM
  • St. Joseph – Laguna, NM
  • St. Mary Mission – Tohatchi, NM
  • St. Michael – St. Michaels, AZ
  • St. Paschal – Santa Fe, NM
  • St. Peter – Roswell, NM


Links to other Franciscan programs:

Felician Franciscan Sisters–4210 Meadowlark Ln. SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124:  www.feliciansisters.org/index.cfm?lang=E

St. Anthony’s Foundation, San Francisco:  www.stanthonysf.org

St. Francis Center, Los Angeles:  www.sfcla.org

St. Vincent de Paul Society, via Holy Family Catholic Church–P.O.Box 12127-0127, Albuquerque, NM 87195

Franciscan Action Network:  www.franciscanaction.org

Franciscans International:   www.franciscansinternational.org

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