Justice & Peace


The Diocesan Justice and Peace Co–ordinating Council is elected at the AGM each year from people active in Justice and Peace work across the Diocese.

We exist to encourage commitment to action for Justice and Peace in light of the Gospel message and teaching of the Catholic Church. Our main objective is to foster the growth of this work within parishes and partnerships and to encourage the use of the four stages of the Pastoral Cycle i.e. Study/Experience, Analysis, Prayer/Spiritual Reflection and Action.

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Catholic Social Teaching

The purpose of the recently formed Northern Catholic Social Teaching (CST) Study Group is to learn what the Church has to say about our world and how we live together. Catholic Social Teaching addresses the big issues confronting us – work, the environment, family life, poverty, justice – and in the words of Pope John Paul II, provides us with,

“a basis and motivation for action”.

The Group studies CST using the Virtual Plater CST Gateway. Although it is a study group, the emphasis is on the practical application of CST.

To join the Group or to find out more, contact Louise Harrison on 07532 309745.

Social and Environmental Justice Policy

Hearing the Cry of the Poor and the Earth:

The Diocesan Board of Directors approved a policy for Social and Environmental Justice within the Diocese.

The policy was drafted by the Diocesan Justice and Peace Co-ordinating Council with valuable advice from the staff at the Centre for Catholic Studies and Salford Caritas. This policy is a response to Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ with his call for an ‘Integral Ecology’, where in seeking the Common Good for the whole of God’s creation, Pope Francis challenges us to hear and respond both to the cries of the earth and the poor. The policy, called ‘Hearing the Cry of the Poor and the Earth’, outlines activities we can undertake as part of our communal response in parishes. The policy also highlights our own personal responsibilities in sustaining the Common Good, the dignity of the human person and what Pope Francis states in his understanding of the earth’s ecology, ‘Our Common Home’.

Please contact the Justice and Peace Co–ordinating Council if you have any queries about this.

Justice & Peace Contacts

Chair of the Justice and Peace Co–ordinating Council:

Phil Watson

Email: philip-watson65@outlook.com.

Justice and Peace Chaplain:

Fr Chris Hughes

Address: St Joseph, Wallsend Road, Chirton, North Shields NE29 7AA

Tel: 0191 257 5801

Email: northshields.stjoseph@rcdhn.org.uk.

J & P Donations Gift Aid Contact and Treasurer:

Marjory Knowles

Tel: 07929 343418

Email: marjory.knowles@gmail.com.