• Diocesan Peace and Justice Commission

Diocesan Peace and Justice Commission

Rooted in Christ, the Peace and Justice Commission advises and collaborates with the Bishop of Arlington in promoting evangelization, formation and advocacy in the diocese for true justice and peace by fostering resolute dedication to the sanctity of life and the dignity of every human person, as expounded by the principles of Catholic social teaching.

A few goals of the Peace and Justice Commission are as follows:

  • Advocate for Justice and Peace concerns
  • Catechize the faithful on the social teachings of the Church
  • Deepen awareness of social justice as an indispensable component of authentic Christian living
  • Integrate the Church's teachings on social justice with particular concern for the poor and vulnerable within all the ministries of the diocese

The Peace and Justice Commission holds several seminars, conferences and symposiums on an annual basis. In addition to conferences and education events, we also provide educational resources, including annual Lenten and Advent reflections.

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The current members of the Peace and Justice Commission, appointed by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Arlington, are as follows:

Chair
Reverend Gerry Creedon

Ex-Officio 
Reverend Thomas Ferguson

Members
Deacon James Benisek
Erik Manuel Giblin
Corinne Monogue
Bob More
Celestine Person-Green
Matthew Shadle

Recording Secretary
Joe Pettit

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