Justice and Peace network
Work for justice and peace based on Catholic social teaching is a constituent part of Catholic faith. A number of organisations in the Catholic Church in New Zealand share this focus with Caritas.
Some of these groups, that work for justice and peace on both local and international concerns, are detailed below.
Archdiocese of Wellington
The Wellington Archdiocesan JPD Commission is appointed by the Archbishop. Its role is to assist the Archbishop, foster and promote Catholic social teaching, scrutinise the signs of the times and serve the Archdiocese by promoting a greater awareness, understanding and involvement in the area of justice, peace and development.
For more information, please contact: Lisa Beech, l.beech@firstname.lastname@example.org 04 385 8642
Diocese of Auckland
The Justice and Peace Commission of the Auckland Diocese works to support and assist individuals and groups to identify, clarify and address justice and peace concerns. The Commission is chaired by Peter Garrick, and has five sub-committees on Restorative Justice, Affordable Housing, Environment/Sustainability, Human Life, and Social Welfare/Anti-Poverty.
Contact: Peter Garrick, Executive Secretary to the Commission: email@example.com 09-360-3037
Diocese of Palmerston North
The Palmerston North Commission for Justice, Peace & Development provides annual social justice seminars, usually related to the Social Justice Week topic.
Contact: Mary Nash, firstname.lastname@example.org 06 350 3821
Diocese of Christchurch
The purpose of the Commission is to study the teaching of the Church as it bears on society and social questions. The Commission was established by Bishop Meeking in 1994. Members of the Commission are appointed by the Bishop for a two year term. The Commission publishes a newsletter, Dignitas Humana.
Contact: Fr Michael Pui email@example.com
Diocese of Hamilton
The Commission for Justice, Peace, and Aroha was established by Bishop Steve Lowe of the Catholic Diocese of Hamilton to promote the true good of every person and the entire person. Guided by the light of the Gospel and Catholic social teaching, the Commission seeks to animate merciful hearts for the needy and suffering, migrants and refugees, the homeless, the imprisoned, the unemployed, the elderly, and mother earth. The Commission is committed to honoring Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
Pax Christi is the local section of an international peace movement founded by the Catholic Church in France in 1945. They have an office and part-time worker in Auckland. Pax Christi is actively involved in interfaith dialogue, cooperative housing, regional issues including East Timor and West Papua, Treaty of Waitangi issues, human rights and restorative justice.
Contact: Kevin McBride firstname.lastname@example.org 09-377-5541
Wellington Catholic Peacemakers
Wellington Catholic Peacemakers were formed following a conference held to mark the 40th anniversary of Pope John XXIII’s encyclical Pacem in Terris. They meet on an occasional basis to discuss social justice issues at the Compassion Soup Kitchen in Tory St, Wellington.
Contact: Fr Rob Devlin 021-250-4721 or John Maynard 027-220-7903
The Society of St Vincent de Paul is an international lay organisation which works to promote human dignity through personal contact with those in need. Since 2006 the Society of St Vincent de Paul has worked with Caritas on social justice advocacy, including joint letters and statements on power disconnections, loan sharks and poverty. Caritas and the Society of St Vincent de Paul have also worked in partnership on the emergency response to the Christchurch earthquake.
Contact: Anne-Marie McCarten, National office 04-499-5070 email@example.com
The Catholic Worker movement was founded by Dorothy Day in the United States during the 1930s Depression. There are several Catholic Worker communities in New Zealand, which have a particular focus on action for peace, and community living. The Christchurch Catholic Worker communities produce a newsletter The Common Good which is available on their website.