JPIC-ED VADEMECUM: Part 1

JPIC-ED VADEMECUM

Part 1

for JPIC-ED Coordination in Provinces

On the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the Laudato Si’ Encyclical, 24th of Mai 2020, we present to you the part 1 of the JPIC-ED Vademecum for our mission in the areas of JPIC-ED. 

This first part concerns especially the confreres in the Provinces, more specifically the Provincial Coordinators of JPIC-ED, the JPIC-ED Promoters of Sectors and the JPIC-ED Animators of our communities.

May we all, through proclamation and authentic witness, become signs of hope and peace of the Kingdom of God in the world! May the Holy Spirit guide us in our journey as JPIC-ED pilgrims!

Be inspired by Laudato sì

Be inspired by Laudato sì

We are all living in a time of crisis caused by the coronavirus. This might be an opportunity to let ourselves be challenged by the content of the encyclical letter LAUDATO SI’ which was published 5 years ago.

We are concerned about our Common Home. We hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor (LS 49). We experience in our own body that everything is linked and interconnected.

We are affected, questioned, challenged, and at the same time, we are called, enlivened and sent out to be witnesses of hope and joy because of the good news of the Risen Christ. We are all called to build a better future in solidarity and fraternity.

In this particular time, I suggest three steps that we can take together:

Getting inspired

Please consult the following website : https://www.sowinghopefortheplanet.org/

Religious congregations and missionary societies around the world have provided resources to spread and share the seeds that are being planted for the hope of our Common Home.

In the section “RESOURCES”, you will find many tools for your inspiration. If you, your community, parish, centre, … have already developed resources, you can share and download them on the same website. How to do it? Click on “UPLOAD new resource” and fill out the form.

If you want to know more about it, watch the following video:

Going further

Please consult the following website: https://catholicclimatemovement.global/laudatosi/

You will find additional information and ways to deepen several aspects mentioned in the LAUDATO SI’ document.

Acting

At present, we read daily a passage from the Acts of the Apostles. We see the Holy Spirit at work among the early Christians. This same Spirit guides us today and inspires us with creative love so that we care responsibly for our Common Home. You might be able to plan and realise an activity, an event, a special moment around May 24th or after, depending on the circumstances!

May the Holy Spirit show us the way to go!

Fraternally,

Andreas Göpfert,
JPIC-ED Coordination

NAD Lenten Meditation 6

2020 AEFJN Contact Persons Seminar

2020 AEFJN Contact Persons Seminar

On 5 March 2020, 19 religious women and men participated in the 2020 Arica Europe Faith and Justice Network (AEFJN) Contact Persons Seminar held at the Generalate of the Missionaries of Africa. The main topic of the seminar was, “How the contact persons could support the Antennas around the world?”

Fr. Chika Onyejiuwa, CSSp, the Executive Secretary, introduced the advocacy work of AEFJN, then added the current situation of Antennas. Br. Christian Roberti, CSSp, from the Belgium Antenna, Fr. Wolfgang Schonecke, MAFR from the German Antenna, Sr. Begoña Iñarra, MSOLA from the Madrid Antenna, Fr. Armel Fopa from Cameroon Antenna shared about their activities. After the talks from four Antennas, Sr. Pilar Trillo, LSA, the Contact Person of the Little Sisters of the Assumption, shared how her Congregation commits to AEFJN actions. 

After hearing from six speakers, the participants broke up into two groups for group discussion with the guide question “How can your Congregation contribute to the work of Antennas? What is your role as a Contact Person in this action?” The groups reported in the plenum about their discussion.

After the reporting, it was informed that the AEFJN Executive Committee would study the different comments and take concrete action with the Contact Persons to support the Antennas in Europe and Africa.

The seminar was an excellent opportunity for the Contact Persons, Executive Committee, Secretariat, and Antennas to get to know each other, and learn the work of Antenna. It was also an opportune time to discuss different ways of collaboration. The Executive Committee is grateful to those who participated and contributed for the Seminar.

Fr. Daisuke Narui, SVD, for the AEFJN Executive Committee

JPIC Way of the Cross – Lent 2020

JPIC Way of the Cross - Lent 2020

This way of the Cross was prepared by Sr Anne McCabe, SM, Sr Juliana Karomba, MSOLA, and Fr Andreas Gépfert, MAFR, for the JPIC commission of USG and UISG in Rome. We want to give special thanks to the Procure of the Mill Hill Missionaries in Rome for granting us permission to use these paintings of the Stations of the Cross for publication. But most of all we like to express our gratitude to the artist, Ms Chessy Roffe-Silvester. Her inspirational translation of the Way of the Cross into the settings of our modern world are not only a welcome invitation for prayer and meditation, but also give a new perspective to this old devotional prayer of the Church, on how to follow Jesus in his passion and death. We are also grateful for all encounter, prayer, reading and exchange which inspired us for the preparation of the stations.

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