Justice & Peace

Nau mai, Haere mai – Welcome!

Action on behalf of justice and participation in the transformation of the world fully appears to us as a constitutive dimension of the preaching of the gospel or, in other words, of the church’s mission for the redemption of the human race and its liberation from every oppressive situation.
– World Synod of Bishops, Justice in the World, 1971

The Justice and Peace Commission welcomes you to learn about the Commission and its work, find resources for justice education in parishes, learn about justice issues and link to the work of other like-minded justice groups.

The Commission has working Committees in several areas. Current Committees are Affordability of Housing, Environment/Sustainability, Human Life, Crime & Reconciliation, Social Welfare/Anti-Poverty, Peace & International Justice, Social Hazards and Treaty of Waitangi Relationships (click in the right-hand column of About Us for their work).  The Commission also maintains a watch for news on other domestic justice issues and international issues.

Justice and Peace Commission

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



Justice and Peace Commission and Combined Meeting with Committees and Parish Social Justice Animators, November 2015

Living Without Violence

An invitation to a Workshop to address the issue of Living Without Violence.


Saturday the 1st April at the St Columba Centre Vermont Street Ponsonby from 10.00am to 3.30pm.

The Social Welfare Anti-Poverty Committee (SWAP) of the Auckland Catholic Diocese Justice and Peace Commission and Catholic Social Services invite you to attend a workshop

Educating and Raising Awareness of Family Violence.

The one day workshop will help participants to gain the skills to work within their own Parishes and Ethnic/ Cultural Communities on the topic and hopefully establish their own Parish committees, support groups, resource groups or whatever is appropriate for your community to work towards greater understanding of Violence and the support needed to people who are subject to it.

The 1-day workshop will train participants to gain:

Knowledge and skills in delivering content that combines Spirituality, Psychology and Culture.

  • New learning styles and techniques.
  • Skills to communicate and engage with parishioners.
  • Learning of violence in the community, causation and anti-violence strategies.
  • Community interaction and skills and managing tough topics and situations.

It is an expectation that those who attend this training session will go back to their Parish or Cultural communities and will together, with the community  establish their own support, information, resource Living Without Violence programmes to be delivered in the future by their own churches and communities.

Post workshop support and supervision will be available.

Each Parish is invited to send 2 participants with a maximum of 4.

We encourage Priests. Parish Administrators/Secretaries to ensure they have 2 willing participants at this workshop.

Priests are very welcome to attend with their parishioners.

Morning tea. Lunch and afternoon tea provided.

There are 50 spaces available without charge.


The places will be allocated to the first 50 applicants the rest will be on a waiting list

Please complete the registration form (download here) and return by 5.00pm on the Friday the 24th of March 2017 to jandblunny@xtra.co.nz  or Judith Lunny Private Bag 47904 Ponsonby Auckland1144. Parking is available behind the St. Columba Centre 40 Vermont Street.

For further information contact Judith Lunny on 410 5917 or 027 825 2319.