In his encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis invites Catholics to reflect on the important work of building peace throughout the world by living out the call to universal fraternity and social friendship as a “a way of life marked by the flavor of the Gospel.” His invitation to love, social friendship, and solidarity includes honoring the human dignity of every person and sharing a vision for humanity.
The encyclical themes of pursuing justice, peace and the integrity of creation are also integral to the teachings of St. Francis of Assisi. The Friars of the Atonement have followed in the footsteps of St. Francis since being founded in 1898 by Servant of God, Fr. Paul Wattson, SA. The Friars work for peace, reconciliation and healing through their charism of “at-one-ment” – the unity of men and women with God and with one another – so that the prayer of Jesus “that they all may be one” might be fulfilled.
To further contemplation and work for justice, in 2019, the Friars appointed Fr. David Poirier, SA as Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Promoter. Fr. David shares his prayers, reflections and insights on an array of relevant topics in his monthly series, Contemplating Peace & Justice.