Peace and Justice Commission
In May 2015, Archbishop Carlson appointed 27 individuals to serve as members of the Commission. The Commission is comprised of a diverse group of 18 men and nine women. Members of the Commission include lay persons, clergy, religious sisters, police officers, attorneys, and educators. Marie Kenyon is the director of the Peace and Justice Commission.
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.
Peace & Justice Commission
Archdiocese of St. Louis
20 Archbishop May Drive
St. Louis, MO 63119
Statements and News:
- Statement from the Peace & Justice Commission Regarding Refugees & Migrants
The Peace and Justice Commission stands with our Holy Father, Pope Francis, Archbishop Carlson, and people of good will across this country and the world in solidarity with immigrants and refugees. While we acknowledge and respect the legitimate national security needs of our country, we abhor actions and policies which result in further pain and hardship on our brothers and sisters already adrift and without sanctuary. Let us not be overcome by fear. Let us call on our leaders and legislators to continue that most American of traditions, hospitality to the huddled masses, yearning to breathe free. Let us never fail to challenge our neighbors, family or co-workers when conversation turns toward exclusion.
Our challenge is to recognize Jesus in all people. Let us remember that it is Jesus who flees war and persecution; it is Jesus who gathers his family in makeshift camps and shelters; it is Jesus who embarks in an overloaded boat with only the slimmest chance of a new life in a free land. And when Jesus finally comes to ask, “When I was a stranger, did you welcome me?” what will be our answer?
- Statement on the recent violence in our nation
Our nation is in considerable pain as we continue to witness the toll of violence and intolerance on the people of God. On too many mornings over the past several weeks, we have awakened to fresh tragedy and renewed horror.
- Post-Election Statement from the Peace & Justice Commission
A contentious and often mean-spirited campaign season in our country has been reportedly followed by several hundred incidents of violence, intimidation, damage to property and businesses. While some of our brothers and sisters in Christ rejoiced at the outcome of the election, others have responded with intense fear about their safety and the well-being of their families, friends, and loved ones.
Cor Jesu student Naomi See created a wonderful video from our Pilgrimage "Crossing the Delmar Divide".
Read the St. Louis Review's "Pilgrims cross Delmar Divide in act of unity" for more information and photos.