Caring for Creation (JPIC)

Date: Sun, Apr 8, 2018 at 5:37 PM
Subject: 2018 JPIC Award Nominations

Easter Greetings of peace, dear National Family!

He is Risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! Blessed Second Sunday of Easter! Blessed Sunday of the Divine Mercy! I pray this finds you all well and filled with the peace of our Risen Lord!

Our Holy Rule states that we must be in the forefront in promoting justice by the testimony of our human lives and by our courageous initiatives. So, it is that time again when we as a Franciscan community nominate those individuals who are doing exemplary work in the areas of peace, social justice, and the care of God’s creation.

Please prayerfully consider nominating that ordinary Franciscan who steps out into the extraordinary.

Attached is the nomination form. Only nomination forms will be accepted.

Nominations are only open to members of the worldwide Franciscans Family - Friar or Brother; Poor Clare; 3rd Order Regular Sister; 3rd Order Secular, Ecumenical Franciscan – Clergy or Lay member.

Please email the forms back to me at ctownes26 @ Note the new email.

PLEASE DO NOT HIT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL. Please put JPIC AWARD in the Subject line as some emails mysteriously take a walk on the Spam side. 

I will send you an acknowledgement when I receive your form.

DEADLINE FOR ALL NOMINATIONS IS SUNDAY, JULY 15, 2018. This is the first call for nominations.

Any questions, please feel free to contact me or your National JPIC Commission representative.


Wishing you blessings of peace and all good!


Carolyn D. Townes, OFS
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National Animator, Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation
U.S. Secular Franciscan Order
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JPIC Award Nominating Form.docx
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JPIC cover letter from Carolyn D. Townes[...]
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Carolyn D Townes, OFS., attached "Franciscan Season of Caring for Creation" which follows in PDF format

Franciscan Season of Caring for Creation[...]
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Franciscan Season of Caring for Creation[...]
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12 Weeks of Franciscan Peace.pdf
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Andy Buchleitner, ofs, writes thought-provoking articles from time to time. They are JPIC related:

I’m a firm believer that Good News needs to be shared, especially with those most in need.  I would like to tell you of a way our fraternity has begun an initiative to bring some very Good News to those in prison.

The idea came from my weekly visits where I continuously heard the inmates complain, “We have nothing of a spiritual nature to read that is available to us as Catholics in here.”  In exploring the Department of Corrections’ policy, I discovered that volunteers are, in fact, able to provide inmates with spiritual material in addition to the Bible (with the approval of the Chaplain).  As the Liturgy of the Hours is the second most read book in my library, I checked to see if this book would meet approval.  It did.  Our fraternity then decided that we would purchase the number of copies needed to provide for those of the Catholic population that were prequalified that they would use it.  Fraternity members further decided to personalize the book before we passed it out by including a short note (using first names only) of encouragement, written on the front page.  The direction I gave the inmates was that they were to pray this prayer in union with (and for) their “sponsor” and the entire Catholic Church. 

For a very small investment ($16 a Barnes and Nobel) you can obtain the Shorter Christian Prayer.  The smiles alone, both on the fraternity members and the inmate faces, more than paid me back for my donation.  We might not currently be able to put prayer back into the schools but, through this outreach, we can begin to bring it into the prisons. 

Please let me know if I can assist you in any way with this JPIC centered outreach.  Email-    phone: (850)559-0525.



Andy Buchleitner, ofs, writes thought-provoking articles from time to time. They are JPIC related:
I couldn’t help but think, as I read what was written in the Book of Leviticus concerning the prescribed rules for lepers, of those I serve in my outreach efforts. Are not the dear friends that I visit in prison, my brothers and sisters with AIDS or the many homeless I encounter looked at as the modern day lepers? Perhaps I should buy some bells for them to toll while they shout “unclean, unclean” when I come to visit, to warn me of the danger I may be putting myself in. Or maybe I should just continue to look at it from their (and God’s) perspective and instead lovingly respond to their cry for help.
The life of a leper in days of old was certainly no life at all. Ostracized from society, the leper was left to his own devices for survival. I cannot even imagine what it would have been like to be cast into exile, forced to exist without any support or even contact with the rest of the world. Add to this the fact of having to endure the pain from your disease and knowledge that you will only get worse. More importantly, what degree of suffering would you feel if you knew that no one even cared whether you lived or died?
I usually look for something in common with those I serve. Initially, when I “gave up everything” and moved away from home to join an outreach ministry, it was pretty easy to identify with the poor I was to serve. I was now poor. I knew their needs, as I had the same. And now that I’m “old,” I can also better understand the needs of the elderly and the trials aging can bring. But St. Teresa of Calcutta truly identifies the worst need: “Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that it is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than a person who has nothing to eat.” Do I also share this “need” with those I serve?
Have you ever felt truly alone? I believe we all do. It is certainly a painful experience. But it’s something that God occasionally puts into every person’s heart so that they will come to Him to fill the emptiness. God knows that it is in our time of “emptiness,” or times of “being in the desert,” that He can best be heard. We have fewer distractions. Our focus is on our pain, our need, our desire to feel loved. Our very being longs for God’s soft gentle Voice to give us comfort; to give us hope. And how does God usually speak? Through others. Aren’t you glad you have family and friends that offer consolation when you need it most? But what about the “lepers?”
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all encouragement, who encourages us in our every affliction, so that we may be able to encourage those who are in any affliction with the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged by God.” (2 Cor. 3-4)​
Received 3/6/2018
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