Justice and Peace Commission of the Auckland Catholic Diocesan

The Justice and Peace Commission of the Catholic Diocese of Auckland, along with Bishop Pat Dunn and our universal Church, have a vision of action for social justice as integral to our following the Gospel as Catholic Christians.

We help proclaim Jesus’ message of freedom and liberation by working for justice in our communities, nation and world. Our vision is shaped by the Scriptures; by a theology of justice, peace and integrity for creation; and by the Catholic social teaching of our Popes and Bishops.

Love – caritas – is an extraordinary force which leads people to opt for courageous and generous engagement in the field of justice and peace – Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate#1, 2009

The Commission helps the Bishop promote the social teaching of the Church in the areas of justice, peace and the integrity of creation. The Commission strives to live out God’s love by providing resources for justice awareness; initiating and publicising opportunities for action by parishes and individuals; monitoring public policy and making submissions where appropriate to local and national bodies.

The Commission has working Committees in Affordability of Housing, Environment/Sustainability, Human Life, Crime & Reconciliation, Social Welfare/Anti-Poverty, Peace & International Justice, Social Hazards and Bi-Cultural Committee. The Commission's Social Justice Facilitators work in their parish to promote education and action for Social Justice and Peace.

Members of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Auckland Catholic Diocesan
Justice and Peace Commission: From Left: Top – Fr Bernard Dennehy, Richard Harward (Minute Secretary),Theresa Fepuleai, Dcn Chris Sullivan, Kevin McBride; Middle – Fr Mathew Vadakkevettuvazhiyil, John Wong, Judith Lunny (Deputy Chair), Ausage Fa’aoso Setu; Front – Sr Bridget Crisp, Donne Aeria, Sr Bernadette Cheyne (Chair), Ka Sing Yeung, Susy Oomen ; Missing from photo: Lyn Smith (Executive Member), Philip Cass, Steve Lincoln, Peter Garrick (Executive Secretary) and Patrick Doherty