Update of 26th November 2014:
- The Winter 2014-15 issue of MouthPeace is about to be distributed: MP88 Winter 2014 All the back numbers can be seen on the MouthPeace page of the website.
- The December issue of NJPN North West Justice and Peace E-Bulletin December 2014 is now available. See the J&P e-bulletins page of this website for all previous issues.
Update of 16th November 2014:
- Go to our J&P Youth Page for Justice and Peace: Faith Into Action – the 2014 issue of the 10 page resource pack for young people. Prepared by Anne O’Connor.
Update of 10th November 2014:
- Go to the Resources page for the series of Advent Reflections for 2014, produced by Anne O’Connor.
Update of 6th November 2014:
- The November 2014 issue of the NJPN North West e-bulletin has been issued
- Here’s the poster for the J&P Advent Reflection at Wistaston Hall, 7th December: Advent Reflection 7-12-14
Update of 1st October 2014:
- The October 2014 issue of the NJPN North West e-bulletin has been issued
Update of 29th August 2014:
- The September issue of the NJPN North West e-bulletin has been issued.
Update of 23rd August 2014:
- The Autumn 2014 issue of MouthPeace will be mailed very shortly – see it here now: MP 87 Autumn 2014
Update of 26th July 2014:
- The August issue of the NJPN North West e-bulletin has been issued: NJPN North West Justice and Peace E-Bulletin AUGUST 2014
– This very full issue includes a report by Ellen Teague of the National J&P Conference, her account of Bishop Kevin Dowling’s Tablet Annual Lecture, and an extensive J&P calendar and list of events running up to the end of the year.
Update of 2nd June 2014:
- MouthPeace 86 Summer 2014 is now out. The frontispiece cites moving words from Pope Francis at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem during his Holy Land Pilgrimage. Among a full range of articles are an item on the make up of Shrewsbury’s new Commission for Justice, Peace and Social Responsibility, and short reports on J&P activities from groups around the Diocese.
- The June 2014 issue of the NJPN North West e-bulletin is now out. Highlights include a feature on the installation of Malcolm McMahon as the new Archbishop of Liverpool, an item on Rowan Williams parliamentary lecture on the inequalities of power, and a note on the Independent on Sunday’s “Happy List” – serving as an excellent antidote to those “Rich Lists” so revered in other journals.
Update of 2nd May 2014:
- The May issue of the NJPN North West e-bulletin has been circulated, including a comprehensive listing of events and activities to the end of July:
Update of 10th March 2014:
- The March issue of the NJPN North West e-bulletin has been issued: NJPN North West Justice and Peace E-Bulletin March 2014
Update of 25th February 2014:
- The Spring 2014 issue of MouthPeace journal is now available on the website, a few days in advance of the circulation of the printed copies: MP 85 Spring 2014
Update of 17th February 2014:
- Anne O’Connor has produced a new J&P Stations of the Cross for 2014: J&P STATIONS OF THE CROSS 2014
- More information is now available about the Human Trafficking Forum/Workshop being held in Frodsham on Saturday 29th March. Details, Programme, and Registration Form available here in PDF format: Anti Human Trafficking Forum 29-3-14 Intro Anti Human Trafficking Forum 29-3-14 programme Anti Human Trafficking Forum 29-3-14 Registration Form
Update of 5th February 2014:
- Here is the February issue of the NW J&P bulletin: NJPN North West Justice and Peace E-Bulletin February 2014
- Here you can download “A Lenten Journey”, Action and Reflection Suggestions Lent. Following on from our own 2013 Lenten Leaflet Bryan Halson, formerly a member of the Shrewsbury Diocese Commission for Justice Peace & Social Responsibility, has once again compiled a 3-fold A4 leaflet with daily reflections and simple practical actions for use throughout the seaon of Lent, at the request of NJPN, the National J&P Network. (You can also access it from our Resources page): Lenten Journey 2014
- Maura Garside, Secretary of the new JP&SR Commission has arranged for the circulation of this note on Human Trafficking to all diocesan clergy:
“Bishop Mark asked the newly refreshed Justice and Peace Commission to promote the Day of Prayer for Victims of Human Trafficking on Saturday 8th February. He also urged the Commission to positive action in the causes we uphold. Therefore the request below to promote this Anti Human Trafficking Forum in Frodsham Methodist Church on Saturday 29th March 2014 from 9.30am – 4.30pm is very timely and the programme appears geared to positive steps to combat this evil. It also has the support of Churches Together in Cheshire. Would you please promote this event in your parishes and encourage anyone interested to attend.”
Update of 27th January 2014:
- Here is the link to Bishop Mark’s Pastoral Letter for Peace Sunday, 19th January, as posted on the diocesan website.
- Bishop Mark commissioned the new Shrewsbury Diocesan Commission for Justice, Peace and Social Responsibility at a Mass at the Evron Centre on Saturday 25th January. Click here for Bishop Mark’s homily, as posted on the diocesan website. The new Commission is set to meet four times a year, chaired by Canon Philip Moor VG. It was confirmed that Maura Garside will serve as Secretary and Ged Cliffe as Treasurer.
Update of 18th January 2014:
Information received from Brian Potter, Our Lady’s Shaw Heath J&P Group, about a talk the group is holding at the Evron Centre on 13th February:
You may have heard of Fr.John Boles, a Missionary Priest working in Peru. He returns home every 4 years and joins his family in Stockport. His brother-in-law (Fr.Peter Sharrocks) is at St.Peters Hazel Grove. We are delighted that Fr.John has accepted our J & P invitation to give a talk about his work in Peru on Thursday 13 February to be held at the Evron Centre,Cale Green (7.30pm-9pm), before he returns to Peru later in February. Please see the poster attached for full information.
Brian Potter. (Our Lady’s J&P Group Shaw Heath Stockport)
Tel 0161 485 8312. e mail: email@example.com
Update of 10th January 2014:
Anne O ‘Connor writes:
The New Year heralds an exciting new initiative: a monthly e-bulletin for the North West linked to the National Justice and Peace Network (NJPN) to provide information and support for Justice & Peace groups in Lancaster, Liverpool, Salford, Shrewsbury and Wrexham dioceses. The editorial team comprises: Ann Kelly, NJPN Administrator; Maggie McSherry, Lancaster; Steve Atherton, Liverpool; Jean Raymond, Salford; Marian Thompson, Shrewsbury (MouthPeace Editor); Tony McNicholl, Wrexham and Anne O’Connor, former e-bulletin editor for Shrewsbury diocese and now on NJPN’s Media and Marketing Group. NJPN has a wealth of resources and is the only independent umbrella organisation for England and Wales to cover the whole spectrum of J&P issues.
The new NW e-bulletin will focus on current campaigns, follow the J&P calendar and publicise local events.
We will use our E-Bulletins page to provide a link to the NW bulletins as they appear – here is the first one: NJPN North West Justice and Peace E-Bulletin January 2014
Update of 26th November 2013:
- MouthPeace Winter 2013-14 – now available to view on the website, just a few days in advance of the printed copies being circulated. MP 84 Winter 2013-14
- “Living out God’s Call to Holiness”– the title of the talk being given by Fr Peter Phillips at the 2013 Advent Reflection. The Advent Reflection has been an important feature in the J&P calendar for many years, and this year’s forthcoming event has been organised by the “old Commission”. We hope that many people can join us at Wistaston Hall for the Reflection and Shared Table on Sunday 8th December. Fuller details on the poster: Advent Reflection 2013
Update of 24th October:
See the Resources page for the Advent 2013 Reflections prepared by former Commission member Anne O’Connor for each of the 4 weeks of Advent.
Update of 6th October:
Final celebration for Shrewsbury Diocese’s “old” Justice and Peace Commission
25 former members of the Shrewsbury Diocese Justice and Peace Commission, spanning the past three decades, met together on 5 October 2013 at All Saint’s, Sale to celebrate past achievements and renew old friendships. We were delighted that our first lay Chair Charlie Burchell was able to join us, as well as newly retired Chair Tony Walsh. Joan Sharples, until recently J&P Co-ordinator for the diocese, was also present plus former Worker Ann Gill. The Commission’s first paid worker, Mike Simpson, was not able to attend but sent warm greetings via Joan.
In an intimate and very moving Mass celebrated around the altar we shared memories and expressed our hopes for the future. The bond between us remains strong as does our continued commitment to work for justice and peace in our broken world. As one participant said: “the love between Justice and Peace people is deep-rooted and through that love we have revealed our love for others and for our world.” Another member shared that he had become involved in Justice and Peace hoping to change the world, but he came to realise that the greatest change had been to himself.
In the quiet time after communion we listened to an extract from a homily by Oscar Romero who has a special place in our hearts and has been a source of inspiration to us all. We finished with a delicious buffet, prepared by Fr Ned’s parishioners, which was enjoyed by all with enough left for one of our group to take to a local shelter.
That day’s celebration marked the end of an era but the work will carry on, by our own individual actions, in our parish communities and by the dioces’s new Commission which will commence shortly. We wish them well and pray for the success of their endeavours.
Update of 1st September 2013:
The September 2013 version of our e-bulletin is now available:Shrewsbury Diocese JP&SR E-Bulletin September 2013
- The bulletin, compiled by Anne O’Connor, contains an update on the re-constitution of the Diocesan JP&SR Commission. The former Commission members are very appreciative of all the work that Anne O’Connor has put into the e-bulletins and many other aspects of the Commission’s work over the years – and we are all extremely glad that she will be able to continue her good offices in association with the National Justice and Peace Network.
Update of 22nd August:
The August 2013 version of our e-bulletin is now available: Shrewsbury Diocese JP&SR E-Bulletin August 2013
The e-bulletin provides information about the forthcoming open meeting of the National Justice & Peace Network – being held in St Columba’s Hall Chester on Saturday 14th September. Further details in this leaflet: 2013 Networking Day Chester Vijay Mehta poster 1
Update of 17th July:
A short synopsis has been prepared of Brian Davies’ talk “Drawing Inspiration from Vatican II” which was held was held at St Columba’s Chester on Saturday 18th May. Follow these links for the synopsis: Drawing Inspiration from Vatican II – synopsis and for Brian’s PowerPoint presentation: Receiving Vatican II
Update of 28th June:
The current Commission held its final meeting at St Anne’s Nantwich on Wednesday 26th June 2013. From September 2013 the diocese intends that a new Commission will have been appointed by Bishop Mark to take over the area of work.
Canon Philip Moor VG was present at the final meeting and was able to clarify a number of points regarding the new Commission:
The new Commission will be chaired by himself, on behalf of Bishop Mark.
Its membership of 12 will include a mixture of new and current members – letters of invitation will be sent out shortly, as will letters to existing members not being re-appointed. The diocese is very grateful to everyone who has served on the Commission over the years.
Pending the appointment and start of the new Commission there will be a transitional period during which the current Commission will continue important aspects of its work – including MouthPeace magazine and the monthly E-bulletins. In addition, the current Commission will help to host the quarterly meeting of the National J&P Network to be held at St Columba’s Chester on 14th September, and will continue with the arrangements for the annual Advent Reflection at Wistaston Hall on 8th December.
For this interim period Tony Walsh and Bernard Payne remain as Chair and Vice-Chair but will not be serving on the new Commission. Michael Crawley has now retired as Secretary, this role now being undertaken by Maura Garside – Maura’s contact details are included in the Contacts page of this website.
The meeting on 26th June agreed to the publication of the “Popular Annual Report” which provides a concise summary of the activities of the Commission for 2012-13 – the final 12 months of its present incarnation. The printed leaflet will be circulated with next issue of MouthPeace and be made available in other ways – but the electronic version may be viewed here: 2013 jp popular report final
Update of 12th June:
June 2013 issue of the JP&SR bulletin now on the website:
Summer 2013 issue of MouthPeace: MP 82 Summer 2013
May 2013 issue of the Year of Faith Calendar:
“Breaking Open the Word” – the flier for the NJPN’s 2013 Annual Conference, 19-21 July: NJPN Conf 2013
Update of 25th January:
“A Lenten Journey”: An A4 3-fold leaflet of Daily Actions and Reflections for Lent 2013 has been prepared by Bryan Halson on behalf of the Commission and has been added to our Resources page. LENTEN JOURNEY 2013
“Justice and Peace Stations of the Cross”: As a companion to the Lenten Journey, a Justice and Peace Stations of the Cross in A4 3-fold format has been added to our Resources page. STATIONS OF THE CROSS 2013
Update of 8th December 2012:
Commission Open Meeting: Click here for a copy of the report of the meeting held at All Saints, Sale on Saturday 6th October: JP&SR Commission Open Meeting 6-10-12 We are grateful to everyone who attended, and to Maura Garside for drawing together this report. The Open Meeting format was found to be very helpful and constructive and it is the Commission’s intention to hold further such gatherings on a regular basis.
Update of 27th November:
Advent reflections: See the Resources page for the week-by-week reflections for Advent 2012 prepared by Anne O’Connor.
MouthPeace: See the MouthPeace page to view the Winter 2012-13 issue. The print version will be mailed shortly.
Update of 10th November:
Developments within the Diocese: Following Mgr Philip Egan’s departure from Shrewsbury Diocese to become Bishop of Portsmouth, Bishop Mark has asked Fr Philip Moor VG to take responsibility for the work of the Commission. Tony Walsh and Bernard Payne, as Chair and Vice Chair of the Commission, met Fr Philip on 26th September to consider future arrangements, and it was agreed to have such meetings on a regular basis. Fr Philip was not able to attend the Open Meeting arranged for 6th October, but he asked that a fully positive message be conveyed regarding Diocesan support for the work of the Commission and of parish J&P groups.
Open Commission Meeting ‘The Way Forward’:Forty people from J&P groups across the diocese met on 6 October to discuss ways of supporting one another and continuing our work. Facilitated by Pat Gaffney of Pax Christi, we looked at our strengths and achievements and outlined plans for the future work of the Commission and its support of the individual J&P groups. We were delighted that Joan Sharples was able to join us for the final session when she was presented with a gift in token of our appreciation of her 19 years as Co-ordinator. A presentation was also made to Ann Gill, former J&P Worker and a previous Treasurer of the Commission in recognition of her many years’ service. A full report of the Open Meeting will be sent out shortly to all participants, and will also be discussed with Fr Philip.
We have a section of the website devoted to the Year of Faith. This runs from 11 October 2012 to 24 November 2013 and was proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Vatican II and the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. We have developed a J&P Calendar which will be regularly updated. We hope it will help groups and individuals renew their commitment to the gospel message throughout the Year of Faith.
Update of 15th August
See our August e-bulletin for coverage of a wide range of topical issues, including the broad arrangements for the Commission’s next full meeting on Saturday 6th October. This will be an Open Meeting, drawing on contributions and expertise from J&P and CAFOD groups and interested individuals from around the diocese.
MouthPeace editor Marian Thompson is currently working on the Autumn 2012 issue, so expect to see that in early September. It will include coverage of the very stimulating National J&P Conference held at Swanwick in July with its main focus on China.
We await news from the Diocese of the departmental changes arising from Mgr Philip Egan’s appointment as Bishop-elect to the Diocese of Portsmouth. As head of Shrewsbury’s Department of New Evangelisation Mgr Egan’s listed responsbilities included Justice, Peace and Social Responsibility. We trust it will prove possible for Commission Chair and Vice Chair to have discussions with Mgr Egan’s successor in advance of the Commission’s Open Meeting on 6th October.
Update of 19th July
See our July e-bulletin for coverage of a wide range of topical issue. It also outlines our suggestions for the Commission’s meeting on 6th October, which is proposed to be an Open Meeting, drawing on contributions and expertise from J&P and CAFOD groups and interested individuals from around the diocese:
Open Commission Meeting ‘The Way Forward’
As a Commission we’ve been buoyed up and greatly encouraged by the supportive comments we’ve received from J&P and CAFOD groups around the diocese. However we’re very aware that groups will no longer have the benefit of Joan’s advice, encouragement and expertise and many of them have expressed concern about the future of J&P work in the diocese. So we’re going to throw open our next scheduled Commission Meeting on 6 Oct 2012 at All Saint’s Ashton-on-Mersey, Sale 10.30am – 4pm for people from the groups to join us to look at the way forward. We’ll be sharing our concerns now that we no longer have a worker and exploring ways to maintain a strong J&P presence in the diocese.
Please pencil in this date – there will be more info in the next e-bulletin.
Update of 14th July
On Wednesday 11th July came the announcement that Mgr Egan had been appointed Bishop-Elect to Portsmouth Diocese, his ordination to take place at the end of September. We offer Mgr Egan our congratulations and our prayers for his future work in the Diocese of Portsmouth. His appointment does mean, however, that no purpose would have been served by the special meeting planned for 24th July. The Commission now awaits news of Mgr Egan’s successor as head of the Department of New Evangelisation and will seek discussions as soon as is feasible. In the meantime, thought is being given to the most productive format for the Commission’s next scheduled meeting, Saturday 6th October.
Update of 4th July
The Commission has had to establish a new date for its first meeting with Mgr Egan in the “post-Joan era”. This is to be held on 24th July. The Commission continued with its previously-scheduled meeting of 27th June, and this included consideration of the actions currently shown for Year 3 of the Commission’s Three Year Plan that remain feasible in the new circumstances. We will provide further updates on the website as soon as we can.
Update of 16th June 2012
Commission members are currently involved in a number of discussions about its operations in the new era without a paid co-ordinator, and these include a special meeting with Mgr Philip Egan, Vicar General and Head of the Department of New Evangelisation, to be held on 20th June. In the meantime:
- Marian Thompson has completed the editing of the Summer 2012 issue of MouthPeace, and Steve Atherton has kindly agreed to undertake the printing at LACE. You can also see it in PDF format on this website. It includes an account of the events leading up to Joan’s redundancy, along with a number of tributes to her outstanding work for the Commission and the wider field of J&P.
- Anne O’Connor has agreed to work on the e-bulletin. The June 2012 issue has been circulated this week, and can also be seen on the website.
- See the Commission Contacts page of the website for revised contact details.
Update of 2nd June 2012
The Diocesan Board of Trustees met on Wednesday 30th May and confirmed, for financial reasons, the compulsory redundancy of Joan Sharples. This means that Joan will very shortly be leaving the Diocesan service after nineteen years, and that the Commission will be without paid support.
Everyone on the Commission is extremely sad that so hard-working and inspirational a figure as Joan has been required to leave the diocesan service in such circumstances. We offer our prayers and good wishes for her future endeavours. Her contribution to J&P work within the diocese and further afield will not be forgotten.
The Commission must now develop its own thoughts about the way ahead in the absence of any paid support, and discussions will be held with the Vicar General Mgr Philip Egan, who has departmental responsibilities covering the Commission’s area of work. In developing our thoughts and ideas we will be very aware of our tradition of collaborative working, such as with CAFOD and J&P in Liverpool Archdiocese, and of the importance attached to MouthPeace journal.
Statement by Tony Walsh, Commission Chair:
At the Commission’s Core Group meeting on Wednesday 9th May, Joan Sharples informed us that she had been called to a meeting at the Shrewsbury Diocese Curial Offices with Fr. Philip Moor, Head of the Department of Administration, and Carol Lawrence, Financial Secretary. The main purpose of the meeting was to inform Joan that a compulsory redundancy process concerning her position as Justice, Peace and Social Responsibility Coordinator, had been initiated. The final decision about the redundancy will be taken by the Diocesan Trustees, at a meeting to be held on Wednesday 30th May.
The Core Group discussed the possible implications and consequences of such a decision and agreed the need to seek further information. It was decided that myself and Bernard Payne, as Commission Chair and Vice Chair, should seek an early meeting with the Vicar General, Mgr. Philip Egan, to clarify the situation and to inform him that the loss of the Coordinator would have a serious adverse impact on the work of the Commission. This meeting has now been arranged for Friday 1st June, and is in addition to a meeting the Chair and Vice Chair held with Fr Moor and Carol Lawrence on Tuesday 22nd May to look more particularly at the background and procedures associated with the proposed redundancy.
Further information on these matters will be provided as soon as available.
19th May 2012, updated 24th May