Rev. Fr. Priscus Massawe C.P.
Passionist JPIC Tanzania - is the Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Office for the St. Gemma Galgani Vice-Province of the Passionist Congregation in Tanzania.
Its focus is providing education and raising awareness in issues concerning social justice, world peace and ecology, as well as being involved with JPIC related campaigns, advocacy, fundraising, etc. from the perspective of the Passionist Charism.
The Passionist Congregation in Tanzania engages in social ministries that promote justice, peace and the integrity of creation based on who we are as a Catholic religious Congregation whose Charism and spirituality is grounded in the memory of the Passion of Jesus Christ. This dimension of our ministry is solidly expressed through our own Constitutions:
We Passionists make the Paschal Mystery the center of our lives. This entails a loving commitment to follow Jesus Crucified, and a generous resolve to proclaim His Passion and death with faith and love.
His Passion and death are no mere historical events. They are ever-present realities to people in the world of today, crucified as they are by injustice, by the lack of a deep respect for human life, and by a hungry yearning for peace, truth, and the fullness of human existence. (Const. Article 65)
The Passionist JPIC Tanzania has the aim of fulfilling the following three goals:
- To publicize and to offer opportunity for engaging with the various social ministries that bring healing, justice and peace to the suffering human community and to promote the Integrity of all Creation.
- To facilitate and foster connections among the advocacy ministries engaged by the Passionist Office of Solidarity and the Missions.
- To serve as a resource on Passionist JPIC material to the various ministries and members of the Passionist Family in general.
We suffer the pain of our peoples and the earth, our common home. From our contemplation of the suffering face of our Crucified Lord, Jesus Christ, and from the sufferings of the wounded humanity flows the desire to commit ourselves with greater passion and compassion to justice, peace and integrity of creation.
Earth, our common home, “now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her” (Laudato Si, 2). Addressing the climate crisis is a critical part of caring for this our common home.
"Laudato Si" and the Passionists
The much-anticipated papal encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ of Pope Francis has been public for some time now.
Many in the Passionist Congregation have engaged with the questions of integrity of creation for a long time. They are amongst the multitudes of people who have crusaded about awareness of climate change, healthy waters, implications of rising sea levels, impacts of mining and the many other issues for our planet. Our understanding of creation ranges from spiritual teachers such as Saint Francis of Assisi to the earth wisdom of indigenous people around the world.
Several times the Passionist Office of Solidarity and the Missions at the Generalate has organized various seminar-workshops on JPIC (Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation).
The aim of such workshops has been primarily to form a network of Passionist solidarity, i.e. meet with clergy, religious and lay people who work in these areas of solidarity, justice and peace.