JPIC Awards


Five Franciscan Martyrs Region

Guidelines for JPIC Award



As Secular Franciscans, we are reminded in our SFO Rule, Article 19 of our responsibility to be bearers of peace.   We are also reminded in our Rule, Article 15 of our responsibility to “individually and collectively be in the forefront of promoting justice by the testimony of our lives.”  Mindful of both responsibilities and based on the resolution at the NAFRA Gathering in the fall of 2010, held in Arizona, that we will grant a Five Franciscan Martyrs Regional Fraternity Justice, Peace, and the Integrity of Creation Award!


To be consistent, the same three guidelines apply as in previous years:

First, each fraternity in the Region is asked to pray and work with renewed Spirit from our Risen Lord Jesus Christ for Peace: Peace in our hearts, Peace in our families, Peace in our Church, Peace in our fraternities, Peace in our world, all for the glory of God. Please pray and work for that Peace that only our Lord Jesus can bring!  And let us remember the words of Pope Paul VI who said, “If you want peace, work for justice.”


Second, each local fraternity in the Five Franciscan Martyrs Region, should consider giving recognition to a worthy recipient of its own choosing within our Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation framework. This JPIC recognition may be a letter from the Minister of the fraternity thanking this individual for working in the fraternity, in the parish, in the community, it may be by way of a shared meal and/or an article in your fraternity or regional newsletter or submission to the TAU-USA.

Third, each and every fraternity in the Region should consider making a nomination to the Regional JPIC Commission for a recipient to receive the Annual Regional Justice, Peace, and the Integrity of Creation Award in the form of a certificate at the Regional Annual Meeting.


1. Each local fraternity is encouraged to make one nomination and submit it directly to the JPIC Chair:          

Andy Buchleitner, SFO

646 Magnolia Street

 Alligator Point, FL 32346

 (850) 559-0252


2. The firm deadline is March 1, 2019.


3.  A nomination consists of three parts:

a) the name of the possible recipient;

b) the reasons why this person should be considered;

c) the name of the fraternity making the nomination.


4. A nominee should have made significant efforts in the generally defined areas of Justice, Peace, and the Integrity of Creation.  Current activities would carry more weight than past activity; that is, a nominee exhibiting current JPIC volunteer activity will carry more weight than a nominee who displayed activity a few years ago.  In order to prevent any scandal, the nominee should be of known good moral character.


5. As this is a Regional Secular Franciscan award, nominees must be professed Secular Franciscans and members of the Five Franciscan Martyrs Region.  Nominees should not carry a political agenda.

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by Fred Schaeffer, OFS 2019

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