Welcome to John Paul II Justice & Peace Centre
“Together with the evangelizing and sacramental work of missionaries, women and families often more adequately understand people’s problems and know how to deal with them in an appropriate and, at times, fresh way: in caring for life, with a strong focus on people rather than structures, and by allocating human and spiritual resources towards the building of good relations, harmony, peace, solidarity, dialogue, cooperation and fraternity, both among individuals and in social and cultural life, in particular through care for the poor.”
“Missionaries know from experience that the Gospel of forgiveness and mercy can bring joy and reconciliation, justice and peace.”
The Study on Justice and Peace in the Catholic Church in Uganda: Challenges and Opportunities
JPIIJPC is carrying out this study in two dioceses in each of the four catholic Archdioceses, namely: Gulu, Kampala, Mbarara and Tororo. The research is about the challenges and opportunities in the promotion of justice and peace in Uganda by the Catholic Church. Through this study, JPIIJPC aims at creating awareness about and influencing the church leaders and the faithful on the challenges and opportunities in the promotion of justice and peace to address the social injustices affecting the country. The first phase of the study commences on 11th April and ends 30th July 2016, then the second phase will be in November 2016.
Annual Diocesan Education Secretaries meeting
In partnership with the National Executive Education Secretary Office, John Paul II Justice and Peace Centre Training Department will hold annual workshop for all the Diocesan Education Secretaries (DES) from the 9th-11th November 2016 at Foyer De Charite Namugongo Kampala. The workshop will discuss the findings of the Civic Education evaluation conducted in 2015 and other activities of the program.
Youth Empowerment Project
Between the 16th- 20th of October 2016, the Advocacy department will conduct follow up field monitoring visits for the youth project in the North and North Eastern Uganda. This is premised on the need for continuous support to the ongoing youth projects i.e. the piggery project in Bala parish Lira diocese and a similar project in Minakulu parish under Gulu diocese. This is also used as an opportunity for the youth project management team to share with JPIIJPC staff about the progress of the project, the challenges faced and how these challenges have been solved. However, this being the final year for the project, JPIIJPC envisages continuous collaboration with the implementing partners i.e. the youth in the project areas of Soroti, Lira, Moroto and Gulu dioceses.
Youth Exchange Visit
In order to increase the understanding of civic responsibilities among youth out of school through formal and informal education system, the department organised and conducted youth exchange visit on 27th September 2016 in Soroti Catholic diocese in which two schools; Kongonga High School and St. Theresa S.S Okunguro in Bukedea District were involved. Several community members from around the school were also present to witness the activities. This event was also meant to share knowledge and skills gained from the civic education program among students and teachers and best practices learnt from the implementation of different activities under the program.
Training of Teachers in Ocer Campion Jesuit College Gulu
In line with the Civic Education program, John Paul II Justice and Peace Centre Training Department was invited for the second time to facilitate two days training (20th-21st September 2016) at Ocer Campion Jesuit College in Gulu Archdiocese with thirty nine (39) participants. The main objective of the training was to build the capacity of teachers so as to promote the civic education values in the College. Two main topics were covered namely; Human Rights and Environmental Conservation.
Community Debate and Lobby Meetings
The strategic objective two is to advocate for the inclusion of Civic Education in secondary school curriculum in Uganda. In order to achieve this objective, the department organised and conducted Community Debates and lobby meetings to generate strategies through which JPIIJPC could advocate for this objective to the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports.
In a bid to influence duty bearers at the local government level to take action on the status of maternal health services, JPIIJPC together with its partners conducted a number of activities in Ngora and Nakapiripirit (10th-14th July 2016) and in Otuke and Amuru (25th-29th July 2016).
The activities conducted included: Lobby meetings, Community debates and Radio talk shows on Radio Pacis 101.4 fm in Gulu and Aisa 92.3 fm in Ngora respectively.
Training of Secondary School Teachers
February – July 2016
In order to achieve the strategic objective number one which aims at promoting civic rights and responsibilities among teachers, youth and religious leaders, 160 teachers from 37 secondary schools in 19 dioceses of Uganda were trained between February and July 2016 on civic education. The training covered six major topics namely; Justice, Peace and Environmental Conservation in phase one while Good Governance, Leadership and Human rights and responsibilities in Phase II.
JP2JPC Annual General Meeting 2016
On the 2nd July 2016, JP2JPC held its 2016 Annual General Meeting. It was attended by 22 participants including BOG members, representatives of JP2 Staff, partners and beneficiaries. On the agenda were: remarks from the JP2 director and chairperson of the BOG, and presentation of the Centre’s Activities of 2015. In his remarks, the director highlighted the following in the new strategic plan: animation of justice and peace activities at the Centre, the Catholic Social Teaching, Resource Centre (library) and collaboration with others.
John Paul II Justice and Peace Centre, together with its partners and collaborators, mainly: the Association of the Religious in Uganda (ARU), the Uganda Episcopal Conference-Justice and Peace Department, the Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC) and Kampala Caritas-Justice and Peace Department, recently organized a workshop on the Catholic Social Teaching (CST). The facilitator of this workshop was Fr. Elias Omondi Opongo (SJ), the director of Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR), in Nairo, Kenya.
Training of Religious at Namugongo (USFC)
Training Department facilitated five days’ training at the Uganda Spiritual Formation Centre Namugongo from 25th to 29th April 2016. Participants were from 9 African countries namely; Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Nigeria, Zambia, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania, Cameroon and Zimbabwe. The training focused on Social Justice in the Catholic Church, Peace Leadership and Environmental Peace in the context of the Catholic Social Teaching (CST).
Follow up monitoring visit (Youth Empowerment Project)
After successful empowerment of youths in the dioceses of Soroti, Lira, Gulu and Moroto, business ideas that started as a way to motivate them to be productive to their communities has resulted into tangible income generating projects. Piggery project was carefully selected by the three youth groups that include St. Joseph youth group, Jesus Followers and Bala youth group in Gulu, Soroti and Lira respectively. While conducting a follow up monitoring visit in Soroti, Toroma parish the group entitled Jesus Followers group engaging in piggery business has been able to manage their piggery project in a closed pig sty.
On the 11th December 2015, John Paul II Justice and Peace Centre held a conference that gathered up to 80 participants, among which included; Religious Leaders, Political Leaders, Teachers, Representatives from the vulnerable groups of people, The Youth and Catechists. The Conference aimed at discussing some realistic measures to implement the Pope’s messages adequately by the Ugandan faithful, following his visit to Uganda from 27th – 29th November 2015.
JP2JPC Feast Day
Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala – Address
Saturday 24th October 2015, was a historical day for JP2JPC. For the first time, we celebrated the feast day of our Patron Saint, Pope John Paul II. The theme of the day was: Pope John Paul II: Passion for Social Justice.