Frequently Asked Questions about 
Peace, Justice and the Integrity of Creation (JPIC)

Is Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation (JPIC) an organization or official group?

The Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Commission is an initiative designed jointly by the Union of Superiors General (USG) and International Union of Superiors General (UISG).

These organizations are the international leadership organizations of men and women religious throughout the world. They asked all the individual religious congregations and institutes to appoint a JPIC promoter.

How do SND’s support JPIC?

At the last international leadership meeting of SND’s in Rome in 2010, the group mandated that a JPIC coordinator be appointed in each unit of the congregation.  In the near future, an international JPIC coordinator will be appointed as well.  These coordinators will address the issues of peace, justice and the integrity of creation, raise awareness of the advocacy efforts and supply resources for ongoing education on social justice topics and Catholic Social Teaching.

Do the Sisters of Notre Dame advocate for peace, justice and the integrity of creation at home and around the world?

Yes.There is an international SND website with information about the entire world-wide congregation.

How can I get involved?

Subscribe to our Living Justly blog for the most up to date advocacy alerts and information about current issues.

Can I work with sisters in the ministry of peace and justice?

Volunteers are welcome to help us with several ministry projects. Contact the Chardon JPIC Coordinator at jpic@ndec.org for more information.

What is a corporate stance and why is it so important to a religious community?

There are some pressing areas of injustice that compels us to work on the issues in new ways. One such way is for religious communities to take a corporate stance on an issue.

This means the entire community enters into a process of prayer, research, education, discussion, reflection and a call for an individual response to the idea of taking a corporate stance on an issue. Once the process is completed, if there is a favorable vote, the community has taken a corporate stance. This critical issue becomes a responsibility for action to be carried out by their members.

Does the Chardon province of the Sisters of Notre Dame have a corporate stance?

The Chardon province has taken corporate stances on 1) water as a basic human right and 2) on calling for an end to human trafficking. You can learn more about our efforts in these areas and how you can join us in the Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) section of this website.

Sometimes I am overwhelmed thinking about all the problems in the world and I don’t know what to do.  Why should I get involved?

Archbishop Oscar Romero, the martyred bishop of El Salvador once said, “There are thousands of ways to be a peacemaker. You can pray for peace. You can work for peace.  You can advocate for peace. Find your way. The only unacceptable way is to do nothing.”