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    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:

Reverend Gerry Creedon

Reverend Thomas Ferguson

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

Recording Secretary
Joe Pettit

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PJ Symposium Panel

Conflict Resolution: An Alternative to Violence - Think Globally, Act Locally

Join the Peace and Justice Commission for their annual February Symposium at Church of the Nativity in Burke, Virginia. This event will include Mass, pasta dinner, a keynote presentation, round table discussion and a question & answer session. All are welcome!

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Peace and Justice Commission Events

Check out the upcoming Peace and Justice events that are happening in and outside the Diocese of Arlington.

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Bishop Burbidge Affirms Need for Immigration Reform

The following statement was released by Bishop Michael Burbidge, Bishop of Arlington, on January 26, 2017: Yesterday Bishop Joe Vasquez, Chair of the Committee of Migration and Bishop of the Diocese of Austin, issued a statement available below. In solidarity with Bishop Vasquez and my brother bishops, it is my hope and prayer that our elected officials will respond to the needs of our immigrants and their families in a way that respects their dignity as human persons, and that all entrusted with the protection and safety of our nation will carry out these sacred duties and responsibilities in a fair, just and responsible manner.

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Participate in In-District Visits with Your Congressional Representatives in their Home Offices on Feb. 20-24

In 2017, the Justice, Peace and Human Development Office of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will not hold the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering in Washington, D.C., due to a larger national convocation. This year, they are instead focusing on state advocacy. By participating in in-district visits with your Congressional representatives in their home offices on Feb. 20-24, 2017, you are playing a critical role in raising key issues and standing in solidarity with the poorest and most vulnerable among us. All who plan to participate in the in-district visits should sign up for the Legislative Advocacy Issues Briefing webinar on February 7 at 2:00 p.m.

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Did you miss the September 2016 Symposium entitled, Catholics & Politics: Faithful and Engaged Citizens?

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Pope Francis Releases Message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees

"Migration today is not a phenomenon limited to some areas of the planet. It affects all continents and is growing into a tragic situation of global proportions."

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Learn How to Protect Immigrants and Refugees

An Executive Order has been issued that has devastating impacts on refugee resettlement in the United States. Unfortunately, the U.S. refugee resettlement program is a life-saving program for the world's most vulnerable refugees. As Catholics, we seek to protect the vulnerable and recognize the human dignity of all. Today, with millions of people forcibly displaced from their homes, the need for the U.S. to show leadership in welcoming refugees and provide freedom from persecution is more urgent than ever.

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