Franciscans On Justice

Posted on 03. Mar, 2013 by .


Our understanding of justice is rooted in the life and preaching of Jesus Christ, who declared: “The spirit of the Lord is on me, for he has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives, sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim a year of favor from the Lord” (Luke 4: 18-19). Although uncertain and tentative at first, Francis came to recognize that Jesus called him through his experience of prayer and through the needs of his poor brothers and sisters. For Francis, this meant not only serving lepers, but living among them, expressing compassion in a visible, practical way.

Each person has been created in the image and likeness of God, and has been accorded great dignity. Yet we know that many in our world do not have access to fundamental human necessities, such as adequate food, clean water, shelter and health care. Our world is blessed by God and rich with resources, but billions of our brothers and sisters cannot access these essential resources. To proclaim justice means to work for the life, dignity and well being of all people, regardless of human difference.

We work for social justice among all peoples: in our communities, our states, nation and world. We feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, and care for the sick. We join our voice with those who advocate for a more compassionate society and a world without extreme poverty. The teaching of the Catholic Church is clear: the promotion of justice in our day is constitutive of preaching the Gospel. The US Bishops offer us a Catholic framework for economic life. Our country plunged into crisis in September 2008, and millions of families have suffered severe economic hardship. For a reflection on this in light of Franciscan values read Br. Bill Short’s Franciscan Economic Perspective.

The dignity and life of migrants is of special concern to the Franciscans of the St. Barbara Province. Many Catholic brothers and sisters in our midst are immigrants, some with legal documentation and some without. All are worthy of respect, all have dignity. We note with concern a rising tide of indifference and intolerance toward the migrants among us, despite the clear teaching of our tradition and our Church. We call on all people to respect the human dignity and human rights of immigrants, whether refugees or economic migrants. [some province statement about solidarity with migrants]

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Prayer Service for an End to Human Trafficking

Posted on 09. Feb, 2013 by .


Pope Francis Holds His Weekly General AudiencePope Francis has said, “Human Trafficking is a crime against humanity. We must unite our efforts to free victims and stop this crime that’s become even more aggressive, that threatens not just individuals, but the foundational values of society, international security and laws, the economy, families and communities.”


Feb. 8 was the feast day of Saint Josephine Bakhita, a young woman who was kidnapped into slavery in Sudan before meeting and entering the Canossian Daughters of Charity in 1893. U.S Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking, which includes representation from the Sisters of Mercy, prepared a prayer service for this feast day that you may find here.

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Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Posted on 23. Jan, 2013 by .


January is human trafficking awareness month:

humantrafficking-illustration“I reaffirm here that the ‘trade in people’ is a vile activity, a disgrace to our societies that claim to be civilized. Exploiters and clients at all levels should make a serious examination of conscience both in the first person and before God! Today the Church is renewing her urgent appeal that the dignity and centrality of every individual always be safeguarded, with respect for fundamental rights…”   –Pope Francis

For more information about human trafficking, visit the following websites:


Operated by the Franciscan Friar’s Holy Names Province


Human trafficking is a horrific crime against the fundamental rights and dignity of the human person. The United Nations Protocol on Human Trafficking defines it as “the “recruitment, transportation, harboring or receipt of persons by means of force, fraud or coercion.”

Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility

ICCR works with companies in a broad range of industries to establish comprehensive human rights policies that incorporate anti-trafficking and anti-slavery measures.  Our members help educate companies about the realities of trafficking and the business risks associated with these human rights violations.

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FI – Seeking Justice

Posted on 21. Dec, 2012 by .


FI is pleased to release Franciscans International; Seeking Justice through the United Nations, a collection of case studies which reflect the variety of human rights challenges that FI addresses through our advocacy at the UN. This booklet serves as an introduction to the work of FI, with first-hand accounts of the experiences of our Franciscan partners at the grassroots around the world and their collaboration with FI in bringing crucial human rights issues to the attention of leaders at the highest international level. We invite readers to consider each case study from both a practical and a spiritual perspective.

This resource offers an excellent introduction to our work, the work of Franciscans defending human rights around the world, and the broader challenges in ensuring human development and social justice. We hope it will challenge you to reflect on the contribution you can make in seeking justice in your community, in your country, and across the world.

FI Seeking Justice

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Global Boycott of Hyatt Launched

Posted on 09. Dec, 2012 by .


“All across the nation, blue collar workers and service personnel are being asked to bear the brunt of a brutal economy not caused by them.   While corporate profits have risen dramatically over the last thirty years, workers’ wages and benefits have remained stagnant.  Let’s support union organizing wherever and however we can: prayer, petition and participation.” Click on the link before to read about how some people are participating

Regan Chapman, O.F.M. (St. Barbara Province)


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