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Peace and Justice Commission Formed

At a Mass for Peace and Justice on August 20, 2014, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson announced that he was re-establishing a human rights commission in the Archdiocese of St. Louis with the goal to address societal issues such as poverty, racial tension, and lack of education.

“Peace and justice are the hallmarks of a society that knows, loves and serves God above all else,” said Archbishop Carlson. “I urge this new Commission to assist the citizens and public officials throughout all eleven counties of our Archdiocese in the effort to achieve peace and justice for all.”

St. Louis attorney Marie Kenyon was named as director of the newly-established Peace and Justice Commission of the Archdiocese of St. Louis in January 2015. Prior to her appointment on the Commission, Kenyon was the managing attorney of Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry, a ministry serving the legal needs of low-income clients throughout the archdiocese.

“It is an honor to be entrusted with the leadership of such an important ministry,” Kenyon said. “CLAM has been my life’s work for 28 years. On a daily basis we were confronted with issues of race, poverty, lack of education, and immigration. For Archbishop Carlson to ask me to lead this new Commission proves just how serious he is in addressing the systemic problems within these issues.”

Archbishop Carlson has appointed 27 individuals to serve as members of the Commission. The Commission is comprised of 18 men and nine women, with minorities well-represented.  Members of the Commission include lay persons, clergy, religious sisters, police officers, attorneys, and educators.

The Commission will develop its priorities by looking at how issues affecting our region specifically impact the family. As Catholics we believe as Pope Francis states "the family is the fundamental cell of society, where we learn to live with others despite our differences and belong to one another.” By working to help strengthen the family, the Commission hopes to help build stronger communities and a peaceful and just region and world.

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