“Our founders made it their special concern to serve the poor in their need for Christian education. We remain committed to doing all we can to see that our schools do not exclude the poor, and in all of our apostolates, that we do not compromise with any form of social injustice. We must be sensitive ourselves and ready to awaken the consciences of others to the drama of human misery and to the demands of social justice made by the Gospel and the Church.”
Basilian Way of Life #65
In addition to making social justice integral to all that we do every day with the people of God, we have developed and engaged in programs to support justice and peace.
The Basilian Volunteer Teaching Corps provides education to underserved communities in the tradition of the Basilian Fathers. Basilian Volunteer Teachers (BVTs) give direct service to the poor and marginalized by working as tutors, classroom teachers and campus ministers in some of the most needy neighborhoods in North America.
These hardworking, energetic and dedicated BVTs bring hope to their students while at the same time gaining valuable skills, friendships and professional development. During their service, BVTs grow through their experience of Gospel-based community life and inner-city teaching.
BVTs live together in community, currently in Detroit’s Mexicantown neighborhood. Current volunteer placements include teaching opportunities at Detroit Cristo Rey High School, Holy Redeemer Elementary School and Southwest Solutions, a community organization. Volunteers are provided with a small stipend and health insurance to support them during their time of service. They live a communal life sharing cooking and house chores. They are visited weekly by the members of the Basilian Volunteer Teaching Corps Committee, who offer spiritual and emotional and professional support. Volunteers also engage in monthly outings with their brother and sister volunteers in order to deepen their bonds of service and community.
For more information, please click here to view the brochure (pdf).
A proportion of the Fund, not to exceed 15% in any year, may also be distributed in assistance to educational projects which involve their participants actively in the promotion of peace and justice.
For more information about the fund and criterion for assistance, see the above links. Or, contact: email@example.com for more information.
The Basilian Centre for Peace & Justice, working with The JustPeace Network and Christian Peacemaker Teams, offers many Gospel Peacemaking activities for school, college, church and community groups. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presentations combining stories, photos, videos, reflection and discussion on a variety of current Peacemaking situations from around the world including Aboriginal Justice in Canada, US Borderlands, Israel/Palestine, Colombia, Iraq, Uganda/Congo.
Retreat Days for students or Faith Days for teachers and administrators, focused on Gospel Peacemaking with presentations and discussion interspersed with role plays and practical peacemaking skill building activities.
Stirrings is a Basilian peace and justice newsletter and a project of the Basilian Centre for Peace & Justice. Contact: email@example.com
A journey of faith and hope in search of Beatitude people – Christians, Muslims and Jews who nonviolently pursue a just peace in the Holy Land. An immersion experience which will deepen your understanding of this conflicted zone and move your heart as we reflect and pray in the places where Jesus was born, lived, taught, died and rose.
Next pilgrimage – July 5-19, 2016
Canadian JustPeace Network
The JustPeace Network arose from a gathering of pilgrims after the Basilian Peace & Justice Pilgrimage to Colombia in 2005, most of whom were educators. They wanted to continue working for justice and peace and decided that the creation of a JustPeace Network was the way forward. The JustPeace Network working with the Basilian Centre for Peace & Justice and Christian Peacemaker Teams offers many Gospel Peacemaking activities for school, college, church and community groups. Besides presentations and retreats the JustPeace Network offers nonviolence workshops, trainings and social justice journeys.
For more information, visit JustPeace Network.
Workshops & Training
Half or full day interactive workshops in the spirituality and practice of Gospel Nonviolence led by experienced peacemakers that explore the nature of violence and nonviolence and introduce active peacemaking skills. Gospel Peacemaking weekends of nonviolence training for personal and social change including learning the principles, skills, resources and practical steps for organizing nonviolent action for justice and peace. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Social Justice Journeys
In November travel is arranged to the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), formerly known as the SOA (School of the Americas) for the annual vigil calling for the close of this ‘School of Assassins.’ In July a group visits the Catholic Worker communities in Washington DC and joins in their witness against militarism. Contact email@example.com.
Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT)
CPT delegations offer participants a first-hand experience of CPT’s on-the-ground experiment in active peacemaking grounded in the transforming power of Gospel nonviolence. CPT sends short-term (7 – 14 day) peacemaker delegations into crisis settings around the world. These delegations link communities experiencing violence with concerned individuals, churches and groups.
For more information, visit Christian Peacemaker Teams.
Camp Micah is an ecumenical camp for teenagers nurturing leadership for peace and justice. The program is based on interactive workshops drawn from the prophet Micah: act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly. The site is Cedar Ridge Camp near Bancroft, Ontario during the last week of August.
For more information, visit Camp Micah.
Pax Christi Toronto is a small but growing group of concerned Catholics who believe that a non-violent approach to living and dealing with the world’s problems is the only solution that will work in the long term. Pax Christi Toronto has been a member organization of the global Pax Christi network since 2010. Pax Christi International is an organization with over 90 member groups and almost 50,000 members worldwide dedicated to peace.
For more information, visit Pax Christi Toronto.