Commission on Justice

The Glenmary Commission on Justice (a collaborative ministry sponsored by Glenmary Home Missioners) is a forum through which action on behalf of justice is fostered as a constitutive part of proclaiming the Gospel.

The Commission also acknowledges what was proclaimed by Pope John Paul II: "Respect for life and the dignity of the human person extends also to the rest of creation which is called to join man [and woman] in praising God."

The purpose of the Commission [based in the principles of Catholic Social Teaching] is five-fold:
  • To promote the dignity of the human person and that of the rest of creation.

  • To accompany the poor, the oppressed and the powerless in their struggle for justice. Our task is to walk with, encourage, support and find resources to put at their disposal. We enter the struggles on their terms by responding to their requests. This work, therefore, does not first belong to us; it first belongs to them.

  • To extend to all people—and, in a special way, to Glenmarians and coworkers—the Gospel invitation to be in solidarity with those made poor and to be present to the planet in a mutually beneficial manner.

  • To foster an action/reflection process deeply rooted in faith and the Word of God for Glenmarians, coworkers and other church workers as well as for members of the suffering, struggling community. Such a process would encourage and enable both individual and corporate responses to situations of injustice.
  • To be committed to the transformation of structures in addition to personal conversion.