Justice and Peace Commission


Armagh Diocese 

Justice and Peace Commission


Bernie Lennon S.J., Sr Caitriona Gore, Mary Vallely, Pádraig O’Connor

The Justice and Peace Commission was set up by Cardinal Sean Brady several years ago to involve lay people in planning and decision making in the Diocese.

Contact: armaghjpd@gmail.com


What have we done?

We have focussed on reaching out to groups who see themselves on the edge of the Church.

We have run two small surveys: one in 2013 and one in 2017. Many said they were very glad to be consulted because they felt this took them seriously, as baptised members of the Church. Many wanted to see married priests. Others wanted more relevant homilies. Some wanted the Church to be more accepting of people in second relationships and those who are LGBT. Others wanted the Church to resist change in these areas.

We held a conference on the role of women in the Church in 2015.  Many who attended were highly critical of the exclusion of women – and other lay people – from effective decision-making in the Church.  We hosted a conversation open to all in the diocese on post Referendum/before the World Meeting of Families in July 2018 in the Carrickdale Hotel, Dundalk.

New Members

If you would like to volunteer as a member, please speak to one of the Committee members, or register on our web site.

Willing to serve as a member of Commission

Want to hear more

Complete and send in this form: Form to register for event notification of JPC


Past surveys & conversations completed by the Commission:

Survey 2013

JPC presentation to DPC on listening exercise pilot

Women’s Conference 2015 Report

Executive Summary Womens Conference

Final Womens Conf Appendix 2-Welcome and Intro Rhona Quinn

Final Womens Conf Appendix 3-Input by Baroness Nuala O Loan

Final Womens Conf Appendix 4-Input by Fr Gerry O Hanlon S.J

2017 Survey

Leaflet for 2017 survey

Questionnaire responses


Notes on Justice and Peace Commission meeting in Carrickdale hotel, Dundalk


Gerry O’Hanlon’s talk in the O Fiaich Library on 19 Jan 2019

Gerry O’Hanlon talk 19 Jan 19 at JPC meeting at O Fiaich Library

Notes on Gerry O’Hanlon talk O Fiaich Library 19 Jan 19