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Basilian Centre for Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation

Blue Scarf Walk participants hold up banner reading "Building a Border Free World."

See, I am making all things new.” (Rev. 21:5)
Vision: A world made new in Christ.
Mission: To assist the entire congregation in educating and evangelizing towards justice, peace, and the integrity of creation.

Goals:

  • To engage and motivate Basilians in knowledge and action for JPIC.
  • To assist Basilians and collaborators in making this knowledge accessible to those we serve.
  • To enable the Congregation to speak publicly to important issues of this kind with a prophetic collective voice.
  • To collaborate with other religious communities to act wisely and in a timely fashion.
  • To inventory, celebrate, publicize and extend the activities Basilians already do in these areas.
  • To foment helpful conversation around the theological dimensions of doing justice, opposing sin and injustice, caring for creation, etc.

Human Development Fund

The Human Development Fund provides assistance for a program or project harmonious with a biblical vision of justice and peace. It is for projects that go beyond helping people directly and are clearly designed to change systems to promote justice and peace more effectively; projects that seek to empower the poor and marginalized and, when feasible, involve them in planning and executing the project; projects that originate out of Basilian houses or institutions and/or in which individual Basilians are actively involved. 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.

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Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT)

Christian Peacemaker Teams is an international organization that accompanies and supports partners in their local peacemaking in situations of violent oppression. This ministry began in the United States in the 1980s as an outreach of the Mennonites, Church of the Brethren and Quakers and quickly grew to become a multi-faith organization with many Catholic members including the Basilian Fathers.

The first Basilian priest became a trained peacemaker in 2000 and now the Congregation of St. Basil is a Catholic sponsor of CPT with a seat on its Steering Committee. Father Juan Carlos Rojas Ramos, CSB is the Basilian representative on the Steering Committee and Father Robert Holmes, CSB and Father Maurice Restivo, CSB are active CPT members. In Canada, Basilian CPT members have stood in solidarity with indigenous-led resistance to protect the earth’s resources.

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