“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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.