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Justice and Peace

Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Ministry in Ireland

Spiritan responses to JPIC issues in Ireland are deeply rooted in Christian values. Justice is understood in terms of correct relationships with God, people and the environment. We believe that a just society is one that is structured in such a way as to promote these right relationships so that human rights are defended, human dignity is promoted, human development is facilitated and the environment is respected and protected.

Examples of Spiritan JPIC ministry in Ireland:

An Tobar

An Tobar is a residential meeting place in Ardbraccan, Co. Meath. It aims to:
promote the inclusion of people and communities who have experienced social and / or economic inequalities in their lives.
provide a safe healing space for all who come to the centre as well as counselling and psychotherapy services.
For further information please e-mail: antobarnavan@gmail.com

Awareness Education Services

This collaborative ministry of the Spiritans and the Presentation Sisters offers community awareness education conferences, seminars and courses in Ireland and abroad on the following topics:

  • Facing up to Suicide.
  • Understand Alcohol Misuse.
  • Harmony in the Home.
  • Confronting Bullying in the Workplace, Home and School and in Religious Life & Ministry.

For further information please visit:
www.awarenesseducation.org

Des Places Educational Association

Education is the oldest Spiritan ministry in Ireland emphasises ethos issues in our schools. The involvement of students in JPIC concerns makes the Gospel central in the life of the school community. Already students from some of the schools have visited a number of African countries, meeting Spiritans ministering there. Students contribute to many JPIC projects especially through fund- JPIC-related projects.
For further information please visit: www.desplaces.ie

Integrity of Creation (IC)

In recent years Spiritans have invested in developing a consciousness of the importance of the environment. Following this a series of six booklets was produced. These were then distributed throughout the Spiritan Province and the theme of “Integrity of Creation” was also incorporated into Provincial events. These booklets are available to download in PDF format.
For further information please visit our Integrity of Creation page: Integrity of Creation

Kimmage Development Studies Centre (KDSC)

Founded by the Spiritans in 1974, Kimmage DSC facilitates learning and critical reflection on development practice with people working for social justice and equitable change, both in Ireland and internationally. The programmes on offer – at BA degree and MA and PG Diploma levels – combine theory and practice using a combination of formal and non-formal teaching methodologies. The Centre also runs DTALK Learning (www.dtalk.ie), a capacity-training programme for development workers in Irish NGOs and missionary organisations and the KODE (Kimmage Open and Distance Education) programme (www.kodeonline.com), which offers online and blended learning opportunities.
For further information please visit: www.kimmagedsc.ie

Newlands Institute for Counselling

This is part of the Spiritan presence in the Clondalkin area of Dublin while a Spiritan specializing in trauma-treatment provides a weekly service to SPIRASI, gives workshops and training to therapists involved in other centres dealing with asylum seekers, and is a trainer in the REAP Team of the Irish Missionary Union which offers returned missionaries week-long programmes.
For further information please visit: http://newlandsinstitute.goldenpages.ie/

RiverSide Counselling Services

Located in The Blessed Sacrament Chapel, 20 Bachelor’s Walk, in the heart of Dublin city this provides a variety of professional, holistic and accessible counselling and related services.

For further information please visit: www.riversidehpcounselling.ie

SPIRASI (Spiritan Asylum Services Initiative)

Set up in 1999, SPIRASI offers newcomers into Irish society a variety of rehabilitation support services including an integrated English language programme. Services may be directly delivered or partnership-provided and include care of survivors of torture as well as psychosocial support and a referral service to asylum-seeker accommodation.

For further information please visit: www.spirasi.ie

Other sources of Spiritan JPIC ministry:

Spiritans in Ireland are also involved in JPIC ministry in and with:

  • Hospital and school chaplaincies.
  • The homeless
  • Travellers.
  • The parishes under Spiritan care  (e.g. Kimmage, Greenhills, Bawnogue, Deansrath, Ballintubber / Ballymoe )
  • Supporting organizations such as St. Vincent de Paul, Concern, etc.

Some Spiritans have been involved in the founding and running of JPIC-based organizations. Examples include:

AIDS PARTNERSHIP with AFRICA (APA)

Founded in 2003, APA is entirely focussed on those with or affected by AIDS in Africa, especially in Ethiopia and in Tanzania.

For further information please visit: www.apa.ie

The Centro de Apoio de Brasileiros na Irlanda (CABI)
CABI is a registered company supporting Brazilian migrants, workers and students in Ireland.  The main support offered is translation and negotiation skills for people in need as well as information about rights and entitlements. A pastoral ministry celebrates Masses, baptisms, weddings and funerals.

Recommend Sites To Visit
Irish Missionary Union www.imu.ie
African Europe Faith and Justice Network www.aefjn.org
VIVAT International www.vivatinternational.org
Conference of Religious of Ireland www.cori.ie
Social Justice Ireland www.socialjustice.ie