Canada: A Social Justice Committee is set up

In his January 2000 letter on the Social Apostolate, Fr General suggested that a Social Apostolate Commission in each Province would constitute a concrete instrument for the revitalisation of the Social Apostolate as a whole. The French Canadian Province recently joined the group of Provinces following this path by setting up a Social Justice Committee. Its role will be to act as a link with the Canadian Religious Conference, spreading and disseminating relevant information, chiefly through the internet. It will also animate social justice initiatives and offer advice on different social justice problems. To facilitate this task its members have already adopted a set of criteria for discernment that will guide and inspire the Committee in taking up official positions. The Committee has four Jesuits, Bernard Hudon, acting as Chair, Jean-Marc Biron, Director of the Jesuit Centre Justice et Foi, Fernand Jutras and Michel Boisvert, and a lay member, Mr Fernand Côté. The last named is a lawyer who has long been a collaborator of Canadian Jesuits through his work at Maison Dauphine, a shelter for homeless girls and boys directed by Fr Boisvert. Two more lay members, possibly women, are about to be recruited. [HL50305] Fr Marc Brousseau SJ, Assistant to the Provincial of French Canada