"The mission of JPIC is to assist the Professed Secular Franciscans as they reflect on their relationship with God as manifested in the fruits of conversion in their lives. 
This with special regard to the daily choices made in the areas of justice, peacemaking and respect for all created things and people; as brothers and sisters of penance,  bringing life to the Gospel and the Gospel to Life."

  An important message from Carolyn D. Townes, OFS

our JPIC National Animator


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Greetings of Peace, gratitude, and joy from your newly appointed Regional JPIC Animator!

Meet our JPIC animator

My name is Dot Himes, ofs. I professed in 2017

Currently a member of the Bl. Franz Jägerstätter Fraternity in Flagstaff, AZ 

where I am currently serving as Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Animator.

To me, JPIC is the heart and hands of Formation - the essence of who we are as Franciscans and how we pray and live.

  • This is what I intend to do for the region:

  • Be a bridge of information flow between National and Regional

  • Offer, support and share resources and opportunities for education, inspiration and service in the spirit of Peace, Justice, Care for Creation and the Common Good

  • Listen and learn how each of our local fraternities are already responding to both physical human needs and to challenges to peace such as misunderstandings and conflict within our fraternity, in our families, our communities and in our nation.

  • Respond to requests for information or training in specific areas


Promotion of Human Dignity
in all Stages of Life


"Respect for the human person proceeds by way of respect for the principle that "everyone should look upon his neighbor (without any exception) as 'another self,' above all bearing in mind his life and the means necessary for living it with dignity. No legislation could by itself do away with the fears, prejudices, and attitudes of pride and selfishness which obstruct the establishment of truly fraternal societies. Such behavior will cease only through the charity that finds in every man a "neighbor," a brother."

Catechism of the Catholic Church


Offering Mercy, Peaceful Dialogue and Prayer


"Socio-economic problems can be resolved only with the help of all the forms of solidarity: solidarity of the poor among themselves, between rich and poor, of workers among themselves, between employers and employees in a business, solidarity among nations and peoples. International solidarity is a requirement of the moral order; world peace depends in part upon this." 

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Integrity of Creation

From Humanity to Environment

"Endowed with "a spiritual and immortal" soul,5 the human person is "the only creature on earth that God has willed for its own sake."6 From his conception, he is destined for eternal beatitude."

“Our mistreatment of the natural world diminishes our own dignity and sacredness, not only because we are destroying resources that future generations of humans need, but because we are engaging in actions that contradict what it means to be human.  Our tradition calls us to protect the life and dignity of the human person, and it is increasingly clear that this task cannot be separated from the care and defense of all creation.” 

Renewing the Earth: An Invitation to Reflection and Action on Environment in Light of Catholic Social Teaching, (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1991)

​Catechism of the Catholic Church

JPIC Chair, Carolyn Townes reminds us all that JPIC is our “presence in the world” and is at the heart of our Rule.

“We need to refrain from saying JPIC is something ‘out there’.  

JPIC is not an extra thing that we do - JPIC is part of every single thing we do.”  - Taken from NAFRA News, August 15, 2015