The social ministry of the Congregation of Jesus, both in the UK and worldwide.
'That word Justice and those in former times that were called just persons, works of justice, done in innocence...these things often since occurred to my mind with a liking for them' Mary Ward 1615
In solidarity with the poor we accept the challenge to live simply and to work together for justice, peace and the integrity of creation. A JPiC group of CJ Sisters meets regularly, with a watching brief in these areas. Sr Pat Robb acts as the Justice and Peace links person for the Province.
Two sisters live and work on a marginalised estate in East Hull – an area of multiple deprivation according to national statistics. They support a small Catholic Faith Community - St Stephen’s, which no longer has a resident priest, Its aims are:
- To keep alive its own faith through good liturgy and other spiritual activities, including a ‘Journey in Faith’ process and ‘Godly Play’ and other weekly prayerful opportunities.
To share its premises with the local community to meet some of the needs of residents- this has led to the setting up of St Stephen’s Neighbourhood Centre with its own legal and financial structure and the employment of key staff to fund and fulfil the aims of the Centre.
To maintain its longstanding outreach to elderly people across the city of Hull.
- To maintain a warm and welcoming building for all;
- To provide activities for 0-90 year olds with a broad educational/remedial slant. This includes work with ‘Adults with Learning Difficulties’ to gain greater independence and be better integrated into the local community.
Ongoing activities at St Stephen's
With the help of staff and a Trustee skilled in fund raising, St Stephen’s has raised a grant of £320,000 from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund. This runs from January 2010 until December 2012. Part of their aim is to provide for adults and older teenagers with learning difficulties, furthering their literacy, numeracy, basic computing, and life skills, and helping them to gain greater independence.
The Big Lottery grant has enabled the Sisters and their co-workers to engage a Centre Manager and seven part-time workers, including a staff member for adults and teenagers with general learning difficulties; a tutor for literacy, numeracy and basic computing; an ‘Advice Worker’ to advise on jobs, debt, social security and housing; two outreach youth workers; and two support staff.
St Stephen’s is open without charge to all who can benefit from its services. It aims to be a pro-active sign of hope in its surroundings and to witness to its faith in a loving and compassionate God for all people.
A selection from the Social Ministries carried out by the Congregation of Jesus worldwide.
These have been taken from the CJ International Website. The full reports can be found in the
section of this website, or by clicking one of the three CJ Provinces named below:
Slovak Province. An experience of Poverty in Zakovice. Click HERE
Middle European Province. New facility at the 'Haus Maria Frieden' in Langenberg for severely traumatised children Click HERE
Romanian and Slovak Provinces, and the IBVM. International Conference on trafficking in Trzebinia, Poland. Click HERE
- Sr Monika Cojan in Cuba. Below
- Zimbabwe, new foundation in Nesigwe.