General Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC)
The General Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC), located in the General Curia of the Friars Minor, offers assistance and assistance to the General Minister and the General Definitory, to encourage and coordinate everything that has to do with Justice, Peace and Integrity of creation, in accordance with the General Constitutions, the General Statutes and the decisions of the General Chapters and the Plenary Councils of the Order. (EEpp Art. one)
The imbalance of the economic, social and religious crisis also created the phenomenon of migration. Although humans have always migrated, many nations and many groups have restricted their hospitality and welcome to those who have been forced to leave their homes and families, leaving them without financial assistance or asylum. It is likely that this situation will intensify in the coming years, as climate change expels many of its homelands. How we respond to these sisters and brothers will be one of the great questions of the future, which challenges us to be in solidarity with the disinherited pilgrims of our times.
Temporary Steering Committee
This committee is composed of a subgroup of the coordinating committee plus the executive secretary. This committee serves as a temporary “executive committee” that can make important and timely decisions between monthly meetings and when the need arises for a quick response to a critical question or questions.
The coordination team is composed up of local facilitators and representatives and provides general direction for the RFM. They meet monthly.
Teams and local facilitator
The local teams are made up of members of the Franciscan family who have committed to work in migration as required by the context in each of the regions: countries of departure and deportation, countries of transit, countries of destination and deportation.
Each local team is coordinated by “facilitator,” a sister or brother of the Franciscan family designated by each local team. If there is no organized local team, the Coordinating Committee will designate the local facilitator.
The mission of the Local Facilitator is to coordinate the Local Team and represent it in the monthly meetings of the Coordination Team. The Coordination Team meetings are held online on the “zoom” platform, since it is necessary for the facilitator to have an internet connection and an online work experience.
In practical terms, the facilitator should:
- In the monthly meetings, inform the Coordination Team of the progress, challenges, problems that the Local Team has.
- Communicate in a timely manner to the Local Team the decisions made at the Coordination Team meetings.
- In terms of communication, the facilitator should be the point of reference for the Local Team, both for the coordination of internal activities, and for activities throughout the network.