Walking the Walk
Last month Franciscan leaders meeting in Assisi, Italy, were educated and inspired by speaker Marie Dennis, a Secular Franciscan and co-president of Pax Christi International, the global Catholic peace movement. (Bishop Kevin Dowling of South Africa is co-president.) “Every day, as has been true since the beginning of the Order, Friars are witness to the devastation of poverty and violence,” she told 160 friars gathered for a month-long General Chapter to chart a course for their future. She challenged them: “Will the Order of Friars Minor help lead people of faith to understand the human and ecological consequences of deep injustice in the workings of the global economy and financial markets?” Marie’s resume reveals the depth of her commitment to issues affecting the poor and marginalized. A mother of six, she is the former director of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns. Author or co-author of seven books, she serves on the national board of JustFaith Ministries, the steering committee of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network, and as a contributing editor to Sojourners magazine. She is a Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace.
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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.