Walking the Walk
Br. Jerry Beetz has been doing pastoral work at Holy Cross Parish in Jackson, Ky., since 1995. Jackson is a small town of about 2,290 people in coal country. The landscape is craggy, a part of the Cumberland Plateau, carved from a mountain after strip mining. More women live in Jackson than men, but their income is 25% less. More than a fourth of the residents live below the poverty line. Much of Br. Jerry’s work is meeting both the pastoral and basic needs of the people. He frequently organizes service trips with generous volunteers to help the poor of the area. They might do yard work, repair stairs, build ramps for the disabled or paint a home. Br. Jerry says that this Franciscan mission has its challenges, but that the hills embrace you.
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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
Welcome
Greetings, Good People!
Francis of Assisi, our patron, experienced all of God's creation as sacred. His famous Canticle of the Creatures includes the words:
"All Praise be yours, my Lord, through Brother Sun…Sister Moon and Stars… Brothers Wind and Air…Sister Water… Brother Fire… Sister Earth…Sister Death. All praise be yours, my Lord, through all that you have made. Happy those who endure in peace."
Francis had a profound respect for all of life. He experienced true solidarity with the poor and marginalized. As he embraced Lady Poverty, Francis was freed to live very simply, making peace in every encounter. It is these values that inspire our JPIC efforts. We work to bring about justice and peace in our world, to end violence and war, poverty and oppression and the destruction of our planet. Our efforts are often directed at the systems that cause this oppression and destruction. We work in collaboration with Franciscans and others around the world. We believe that these common efforts are gradually transforming our world.
We invite you to join us on this journey. If you would like to be added to our e-mail alert list, please contact us at sjbjpic@franciscan.org. We encourage you to visit our pages often and take action, as you are able. We hope that you, too, will be transformed in the process.
Blessings and peace,
Sr. Donna Graham, OSF
Office of Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation


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.