Walking the Walk
In a 2009 letter from Africa, Fr. Max Langenderfer wrote: “The good news is that I have been able to escape to the wilderness the past four Saturdays.” Wherever he serves – the Philippines, Malawi, Kenya, and now Jamaica – Max is more than a missionary. He’s an explorer, intent on discovering the natural beauty of a region on foot and describing it to the folks back home. During his assignments Max has hiked the Ngong Hills and Masaai valleys of Africa. He has communed with Colobus monkeys in Aberdare National Park near Nairobi and come face-to-face with crocodiles on the Black River in Jamaica. Max’s colorful and detailed letters have transported his family and friends to some of the most exotic places in the world. He has made it his mission to share his delight in the diversity of creation.  Max recently hiked the Blue Mountain Peak.  Visit our gallery to see all the photos: http://www.franciscan.org/gallery/default.aspx  
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“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.