Voice of the poor for the whole Order
Our Fifth Plenary Council of the Order states that the Office of JPIC should constantly be the “VOICE OF THE POOR FOR THE WHOLE ORDER” (CPO 5, # 97). To accomplish this vital mission, which is deeply ingrained in our Capuchin Charism, the Office is challenged to constantly animate our Capuchin brothers working for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation. Hence the motto: TO INTEGRATE, TO INFORM AND TO INSPIRE.
“If we wish JUSTICE, PEACE AND ECOLOGY to become specific services in our provinces and fraternities we must form an INTERNATIONAL SECRETARIAT with a full-time staff… It will be at the service of the General Definitory (Council), which should constantly become the VOICE OF THE POOR FOR THE WHOLE ORDER” (CPO 5, Chapter 5, # 97)
Preferencial option for the poor
“Preference should be given to those ministries where the brothers themselves directly serve the poor” (CPO 7, # 51)