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The annual JPIC Course is organized by the JPIC Office at the General Curia of the Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans), in partnership with the Pontifical University Antonianum, Rome. We have offered this course for eleven years, with a special focus on the training of new JPIC promoters in the Order. The aim of the annual JPIC Course is to provide training in the analysis of socio-environmental justice and peace issues from a variety of perspectives to participants who will use this material in their JPIC promotion work.

2019 Edition. 

The title of the course will be: “The Care of the Environment in the Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue” and will be carried out in Italian with the simultaneous translation to Spanish and English. The general theme of the course will be the concept of “beauty” in the aesthetics of St. Bonaventure and the Spirit of Assisi for the Interreligious Dialogue. The course is scheduled from February 18 to 27 at Antonianum, Rome.

The first block of the course will be from February 18 to 23, 2019 as a part of the High Formation Course on Integral Ecology organized by the PUA. The first module “General Introduction to the Encyclical Laudato si’” was held from October 8 to 13, 2018. All the presentations were registered and available for those who register for the annual JPIC course 2019 at www.ofmjpic.org. To register, send your information to the JPIC Office and you will receive the access to the videos of the first module. The visualization of the videos of the first module and the actual participation in February, you will be given the right to obtain the certificate of the “High Formation course on Integral Ecology.”

The second block on February 25-27 is dedicated to the work of JPIC promotion, centered on practical aspects, as well as the theological dimensions of JPIC work and promotion in terms of collaborations at various levels within the Order. It will offer an opportunity to build together – based on the experience and reflection of each participant – to better accompany the processes of change of our Gospel and Franciscan journey.


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The annual International JPIC Course was held in Guadalajara, Mexico from 9th to 16th April by the JPIC General Office with the collaboration of the Province of St. Francis and Santiago. This year’s theme is “Migration: Causes, Walls, and Franciscan Perspectives.” Thirteen experts on the issue, including Br. Martín Carbajo, OFM, Br. Juan Rendón, OFM and Br. Tomás González, OFM, were invited to share their expertise and experiences with 57 participants (41 friars and 12 secular Franciscans). The Course covered the issue of migration in depth with the multi-dimensional (historical, socio-political, cultural, and economic) analysis as well as the exposure to refugee shelter homes. To name some of the expositions, “The Unfair Distribution of Wealth: Social Inequality,” and “Physical and Symbolic Walls: Prejudice, Xenophobia, Fear, and Discrimination.”