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Justice and Peace and Integrity of Creation

Fr.  Boby Sebastian Tharakunnel, O.Carm.

The JPIC Commission
In September 2008, the General Commission for JPIC had its first meeting at Sassone, Italy,  where  Fr. Albertus Herwanta, (Chairman), Fr. Cees Bartels, Fr. David Blanchard, Fr. Michael Agung, Fr. Jerry Sabado, Fr. Eduardo Agosta, Fr. Boniface Kimondolo and Fr. Boby Sebastian (James) Tharakunnel (Secretary) were present. It came out with an action plan for 2008-2011 to raise an awareness of the JPIC issues and to take real action to bring possible solutions in the whole Order.

The Action Plan
It includes  communicating the work of the International JPIC Commission to the Order,  gathering information from the Carmelite Family regarding activities of provinces, commissariats, delegations related to JPIC, and disseminating them to the Order, disseminating  the documents of the Order on JPIC to the members of the Carmelite Family, setting-up a task-force for interreligious dialogue, organizing courses and resources on JPIC, at local and regional levels, an immersion and exposure program to JPIC realities, setting-up a Web Page on JPIC, publication and documentation on JPIC issues, an essay contest for the Carmelite students, Assembly in 2011,  and JPIC Commission meetings to evaluate our program in order to face the International assembly in 2011.
A. JPIC courses: The first was held in April 14-16, 2009 in El Salvador for the Central American region. The second was on environment, held in Indonesia (August 1-2, 2009) in collaboration with the Indonesian Carmelite-NGO. The third one was held in Harare, Zimbabwe for the African region (July 25-29, 2010).  We have planned one for the Asian-Australian and Oceania region in East Timor, 2011. We are also planning to organize such a course for the European students and for the whole Order.
B. Communication: We have been communicating with the whole Order and the Carmelite-NGO in order to work together and are still looking for stronger collaboration from provinces, commissariats and delegations.  Some activities of the commission have been disseminated through CITOC Online. Fr. Albertus Herwanta gave a talk on the commitment to JPIC and Carmelite Formation at the International Carmelite Formators meeting in Racife, Brazil. He is attending different JPIC meetings around the globe and organizing different seminars and courses in the Order in spite of his busy schedule of being the General Councilor for Asia- Australia-Oceana.
C. Titus Brandsma JPIC Essay Competition 2009-2010: This competition was aimed at helping the young Carmelites to reflect seriously on JPIC topics such as globalization, climate change, just investments in relation with Carmelite spirituality.  The winners of the competition are: (1) Bro. Glen Attard, O.Carm. (Mel), (2) Bro. David Augusto Sosa, O.Carm. (Arg-Cast), (3) Bro. Praveen Lawrence, O.Carm. (Indian Delegation), (4) Bro. Edgar A. Cayanan, O.Carm. (Phil).
D. Interreligious Dialogue Task Force, consisting of Albertus Herwanta, Cees Bartels and  Boby Sebastian (James) Tharakunnel, has been working in order to respond to the recommendation of the General Chapter 2007.  They attended different meetings on interreligious dialogue, met different experts, and had discussion with some members of the Pontifical Council for Inter- religious Dialogue and other competent persons in this field.
 JPIC Commission is grateful to all for the cooperation and support for the realization of its action plan. 


As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven. 

All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister."