Walking the Walk

Friars David Kohut and Pat McCloskey are doing their part to help heal Mother Earth. At St. Clare Friary in Cincinnati, they’ve gone beyond basic recycling to make environmental awareness part of their everyday lives.

Challenged at last year’s Provincial Chapter to adopt at least two environmentally friendly practices for the next three years, they committed to a list of measures that includes:

• Putting electronic appliances on a power strip and turning the strip off when not in use.
• Putting lights in outdoor spaces and hallways that are not often used on a motion sensor.
• Giving up bottled water.
• Ending the use of pesticides, herbicides or any other toxic chemicals on lawns, flowers or vegetables.
• Purchasing more organic food and buying from local farmers when possible.
• Saving on gas by driving less, combining trips and driving the speed limit or lower.

recommended links
Read about global issues being addressed at the United Nations.
OFM JPIC Resources
What are friars doing worldwide? Visit Rome's OFM-JPIC Office web site.
“We, the Franciscans of St. John the Baptist Province, commit ourselves to increase our awareness of issues surrounding refugees, migrants, and victims of human trafficking in order to develop more proactive Franciscan responses on the provincial, friary and personal level.”
— 2008 Chapter Resolution,
Franciscan Friars of St. John the Baptist Province, USA
Greetings and peace!
Welcome to our provincial Justice and Peace web pages. During the coming year we hope to raise some issues of importance to us as Franciscans and also of importance to you. We encourage you to spend some time reading and reflecting on these articles that affect our daily lives as members of the Catholic Church, citizens of this country and followers of St. Francis of Assisi.
There are many unjust structures and many issues in our lives today that need to be explored. We might not have all the answers but, hopefully, we’ll have a clearer understanding of them. Then knowing all the facts we can determine what we can do to make our little part of the world a safer and more just place in which to live.
During the last 14 years Sr. Donna Graham has brought many challenging issues, articles and insights to our readers. As she moves on, we thank her for her dedication and service to the friars of SJB Province and to our readers. I look forward to this new challenge and ask that you let me know what you think are the important issues in your lives. Hopefully together we can do our part in building a more just and peaceful world.
Br. Scott Obrecht, OFM
JPIC Animator

Peace Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.

O divine master, grant that I may not
So much seek to be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive,
In pardoning that we are pardoned,
And in dying that we are born to eternal life.