“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” Luke 4


Regional JPIC Animator: Patrick Carr,OFS

National JPIC Animator: Carolyn D. Townes, OFS

JPIC Spiritual Assistant: Br. David Buer, OFM  

2021 Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Award


It is that time again when we, as a Franciscan community, recognize those individuals who are doing exemplary work in the areas of peace, social justice, and the care of God’s creation. I know there are wonderful Franciscans out there on the front lines, serving and tirelessly working for the common good.

Please prayerfully consider nominating that ordinary Franciscan who steps out into the extraordinary.

Only nomination forms will be accepted.


Nominations are only open to members of the worldwide Franciscans Family - Friar or Brother; Poor Clare; 3rd Order Regular Sister; 3rd Order Secular, Ecumenical Franciscan – Clergy or Lay member.

Please email the forms back to me at ctownes26 @ gmail.com. PLEASE DO NOT HIT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL.

Please put JPIC AWARD in the Subject line.

I will email you an acknowledgement of receipt of your form.

DEADLINE FOR ALL NOMINATIONS IS THURSDAY, JULY 15, 2021. This is the first call for nominations.

Any questions, please feel free to contact me or your National JPIC Commission representative.




Greetings, dear Franciscan Family!

I pray this finds you well and filled with the Lord's peace.


"The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it.
For He has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers." 

(Psalm 24:1-2)


It is that time again.

September 1st is World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.

It marks the first day of the Season of Creation. This year, the theme of the season is "Jubilee for the Earth."  The concept of Jubilee is rooted in the holy wisdom that there must exist a just and sustainable balance between social, economic and ecological realities. 


How do we continue to sustain this balance during this unprecedented time of COVID-19? 

The Season runs through October 4th, the Solemnity of our Seraphic Father Francis. It is a time when we honor and celebrate God's awesome creation and everything it contains. 


Attached please find the Franciscan Season of Caring for Creation Prayers. 


Thank you for your continued support and care for God's magnificent creation by using the prayers in your families, fraternities and faith communities. 

Wishing you blessings of peace and all good!


Carolyn D. Townes, OFS

"Journey Together in Love and Compassion"

(OFS-USA 2020 Theme)

Local Fraternity Outreach and Apostolates
Franciscan Apostolates


In addition to the resources provided by the USCCB and local Dioceses, please see the following Franciscan lead apostolates:






USCCB and Diocesan:
  • Human Dignity
  • Marriage and Family
  • Religious Liberty
  • Environmental Justice
  • Death Penalty
Additional JPIC Web Resources


  • Arizona Catholic Conference

    • Receive Legislative Information, action alerts on current laws that affect the Catholic community.  ACC Represents the Dioceses of Phoenix, Tucson, Gallup and Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix.


  • 40 Days for Life

    • An international group that campaigns against abortion, originally started in 2004 by a local group in Bryan-College Station, Texas, led by David Bereit. The campaign is active in the fall and spring of each year, though local campaigns may continue it year-round.

  • Hope After Abortion

    • Part of the Rachel's Vineyard Ministries, this site give information to those who are in need of healing due an abortion.

  • No More Deaths

    • A group of people working to end the death and suffering of migrants caused by the militarization of the border between Mexico and the US.

  • Rachel's Vineyard Ministries

    • A support group model for counselors, offering a very concrete, emotional experience for women who were grieving the loss of their aborted children.

  • Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate JPIC

    • Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) is an OMI initiative to promote an ethic of consistent life, justice, peace, and a clean and sustainable environment for all.

  • Consistent Ethic of Life (formerly called Seamless Garment Network)

    • Committed to the protection of life, which is threatened in today's world by war, abortion, poverty, racism, the death penalty and euthanasia. We believe that these issues are linked under a 'consistent ethic of life'.

  • Courage and Encourage

    • An international apostolate of the Catholic Church, which ministers to persons with same-sex attractions and their family and friends.

  • Video: Desire of Everlasting Hills

    • Three intimate and candid portraits of Catholics who navigate the waters of self-understanding, faith and homosexuality.

  • For Your Marriage

    • An initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops



St. Francis

JPIC Rep: Rosemarie LeClercq, OFS

  • St. Vincent de Paul Food Box

  • 40 Days for Life

  • Hygiene Bags for the Poor


St. Anthony

Fraternity Contact: Jane Lowell-Chroniak, OFS

  • Sr. Jose House

  • Poverello House

  • Prayer Vigils at Abortion Sites

  • Prayer Vigils for the Migrants



Fraternity Contact: Pat Kennedy, OFS

  • St. Vincent de Paul

  • Andre House

  • Ministry to Homebound

  • Immigration


Our Lady of the Rosary

Fraternity Contact: Bob Bundy, OFS

  • JPIC topics are integrated in monthly ongoing formation sessions

  • André House

  • Intercessory Prayer Line

  • St. Maria Goretti Ministry


St. Clare of Assisi

JPIC Councilor: Rose Dionisio, OFS

  • Americare Hospice

  • 40 Days for Life

  • Pet Therapy

  • Rosaries for the Imprisoned

  • Andre House


St. Margaret of Cortona

Fraternity Contact: Loretta Klem, OFS

  • Ministry of Prayer for JPIC Issues


St. Maximilian Kolbe

JPIC Councilor: Linda Ressler, OFS

  • St. Vincent de Paul

  • Our Lady of Solitude Monastery- Poor Clares

  • Maggie's Place


Blessed Franz Jägerstätter

JPIC Councilor: Dot Himes, OFS

Sponsored Events by Santa Barbara Province OFM, JPIC OFFICE  - Contact: Bro. David Buer, OFM