Justice Peace and the Integrity of Creation

As Anglican members of the First Order and Third Order of the Society of St. Francis of the European Province, we are inspired by St Francis and St Clare to compassionate action grounded in contemplative prayer. Further information can be found on the JPIC section of the European Province website at www.tssf.org.uk/jpic-information

A prayer for our own work for Peace, written by Alan Paton

O Lord, open my eyes that I may see the needs of others
open my ears that I may hear their cries
open my heart that they need not be without succour;

Let me not be afraid to defend the weak
because of the anger of the rich,
nor afraid to defend the poor
because of the anger of the rich.
Show me where love and hope and faith are needed,
and use me to bring them to those places.
And so so open my eyes and ears
that I may be able to do some work of peace for you.

Report of JPIC Steering Group meeting 10.3.12 – click here to download (PDF)

JPIC Weekend at Alnmouth Friary

God’s Creation – Our Neighbourhood
Led by Peter Woods, A Rocha
19-21 April 2013


Franciscans International

Franciscans International is currently undergoing staff and structural changes, and is in need our our prayers: Read more, and other recent FI Reports →


The Human Right to Water

In 2010 in a landmark decision the United Nations adopted the ‘Human Right to Water and Sanitation’. Since then steps have been taken by key groups to make this human right a reality.

As part of this action, Franciscans International (FI) and the NGO known as WaterLex developed a learning manual for local communities: ‘Water and Sanitation – a Practical Guide’ (click title to open). The purpose of the guide is to provide Franciscans and others with an overview of the situation, plus practical ways to address water access issues, which many communities face.

The Guide focuses on the exchange between citizens and public authorities, primarily at local level, in line with the call of the UN Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Water and Sanitation, to establish National Plans of Action; which safeguard the right to water and sanitation for everyone. In seven sections, the Guide explains how to be aware of the issues which impede or prevent the provision of water and sanitation. In the final section, information is provided on how to plan advocacy activities at local, national and international level, to ensure that every person has access to water and sanitation.

In her introduction to the Guide, Francesca Restifo, the International Advocacy Director of FI said: “The guide emphasizes that lack of access to safe drinking water exacerbates poverty. It will help grassroots’ activists understand why their fight against poverty needs to encompass the issue of the provision of water for all, and how to go about ensuring the right to water.”

We hope you find this a useful resource for your community, and invite you to share it widely.

United in the peace and hope of Sts. Clare and Francis

Sr Denise Boyle fmdm
Executive Director
Franciscans International