“Be lovers of truth and doers of justice” Mary Ward
The values of justice, peace and the integrity of creation are promoted in Loreto Grammar School. Social justice is a core element of the Loreto Mission as students are encouraged to be ‘active citizens for change.’
The aim of JPIC, as part of development education, is to increase awareness about the root causes of local and global poverty and injustice and to find meaningful ways to take action for change.
The JPIC group was set up in 2007 and to date has raised awareness of many local and global issues such as the Millennium Development Goals, Fair Trade, the Trocaire Global Gift Campaign, Child Labour, Animal Rights, Human Trafficking, Homelessness, Climate Change, Environmental issues, Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women.
A key focus of our justice work in 2021 is to continue with our fundraising endeavours for our sister school, Loreto Primary and Secondary School, Rumbek, South Sudan, under the leadership of Sister Orla Treacy. We are proud supporters of Sr. Orla and the Loreto sisters as they courageously empower their students in an area characterised by conflict and chaos.
The JPIC group is run in connection with the Loreto Education Network. Each year a seminar is held, where the JPIC coordinators meet representatives from all the Loreto schools in Ireland. These seminars raise the social consciousness of the participants, empowering students and teachers in their role as agents of social change.
A vibrant and energetic JPIC groupmeet weekly at lunchtime with the aim of raising awareness in our school community about relevant topical issues throughout the world and what we can do as a student body to help.
Meet the JPIC Team 2020-21
I am Méabh, the Justice and Peace Senior Prefect. As a team, we are vigilant about societal issues, actively taking action and acting justly. Many such topics feature in my A Level subjects of Geography, Psychology and Sociology. Throughout my three years as a member of the JPIC team, I have been afforded the chance to broaden my horizons, which will no doubt prove instrumental in my transition to University next year to study Criminology.
My name is Orla. Throughout my years in Loreto, I have admired the role of the JPIC team. Watching their continuous action to make a difference has inspired me to become a JPIC Prefect. I have also been inspired by my uncle, Fr Peter McAnenly, who has devoted his life to the church – his missionary zeal has been infectious. I aspire to live out my faith in action through fundraising for meaningful charities, most notably for Loreto Sudan. Next year, I hope to study Primary Education. The experiences and skills amassed from my involvement in JPIC will empower to help others, especially those who face barriers to achieving their potential.
My name is Mia and I am studying Biology, Health and Social Care, and Applied Science. My reasoning for joining JPIC was inspired by the social injustices that we face in the world today and the desire to make a difference through communicating the plight of others and fundraising. I am currently aware, and this has heightened my knowledge of local and global issues such as the Black Lives Matter and the treatment of women in a cross-cultural sense.
My name is Mairead and I feel honoured to be a Justice and Peace Prefect. I undertook this role as I was inspired by Sr Orla Tracey’s visit to our school. I want to put my faith into action and live out the Loreto Ethos. I want to raise awareness and much needed funds for Loreto Sudan and other meaningful charities. Through my A-level studies in Religion, I have realised the importance of putting into practice our Christian values.
My name is Meabh and I was inspired to become a member to the JPIC team as I am extremely passionate about global justices and the need for global equality. I aspire to act as an advocate when injustice or inequalities prevail. The following quote by the famous civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr. states that “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Therefore as a JPIC prefect, I want to voice and raise the concerns and injustices of those on the margins.
“We must build a new culture of life that confronts today’s problems affecting life. The purpose of the Gospel is, in fact to transform humanity from within and to make it new. We need to begin within our Christian communities themselves.”
Evangelium Vitae, John Paul II, 1995, (#95)