The Justice and Peace Commission seeks to be a visible sign for Justice and Peace in the Diocese and the wider community. Our work is based on Gospel Values and Catholic Social Teaching.
The Justice and Peace Commission seeks to identify and raise awareness of injustices and their root causes, whether they occur locally, nationally or internationally. We do this in order to foster and encourage social change for a better world
As Christians we believe in the dignity of human beings and the rights of people to live in peace. We take action on the most pressing issues facing our communities, such as Climate Change, Poverty and racism.
The Commission has been in existence for over 40 years. To read about some of our history, and the campaigning for change that we have done, download the special booklet we produced as part of this anniversary in 2013
(Please note that it is a 5Mb PDF document).
Currently, the office holders of the Commission are:
Chair: John Battle
Vice Chair: Trish Sandbach
Treasurer: Steve Higgins
Members of the Commission
John Battle - ChairJohn was the first worker for Church Action on Poverty before becoming the MP for Leeds West in 1987, a position he held until retiring at the 2010 election. He is actively involved in many organisations (including the SVP) at both national and local level -as well as chairing the Justice & Peace Commission. John is a member of Christ the King parish in West Leeds.
Trish Sandbach - Vice-chairTrish worked for the Leeds Development Education Centre for over 30 years prior to retirement from paid work. Trish is currently a trustee of the West Yorkshire Community Chaplaincy project, which the Commission was instrumental in setting up. She is also passionate about Peace and disarmament issues as well issues about Israel Palestine. Trish is a member of St.Benedict’s parish in Garforth.
Steve Higgins - TreasurerSteve has been active in Justice & Peace since coming to Leeds in the 1970’s. He is a long-term supporter of CAFOD and of several other Christian and non-denominational peace and justice organisations. Now retired from Leeds University much of his voluntary work is with PAFRAS (Positive Action for Refugees & Asylum Seekers), the Trussell Trust’s North Leeds Food Bank, the Headingley Natural Food Shop and as safeguarding rep for the Holy Rosary Church, part of the cathedral parish of Our Mother of Unfailing Help in inner city Leeds.
Marg SiberryMarg has been involved since the early days of the Commission and was part of life-style and Northern Ireland working parties that both produced worthwhile reports. She is still interested in the whole Livesimply movement, in Climate Change issues and in the increasing gap between rich and poor in the UK.
Fr.Peter RosserFr.Rosser has been involved in Justice & Peace for more years than he cares to remember. He has served in a number of parishes, including spending some years in Peru. He lives in Wetherby and is a prison chaplain.
Matt Di ClementeMatt is a parishioner in Our Lady of Kirkstall parish in Leeds and works for Leeds City Council.
John McLaughlinJohn Has been involved with Justice & Peace since the 1970’s. At present, he is heavily involved working with asylum seekers but also has a keen interest in Climate Change and , more latterly, Leeds Citizens. John is a parishioner of St.Augustine’s church in Leeds
Concilie NankundaConcilie is a parishioner of the Cathedral parish – Mother of Unfailing Help She is a member of the Society of Franciscan Pilgrims, assistant to the African and Caribbean chaplaincy, CAFOD volunteer for the cathedral of Leeds. Her main interest is in praying and working for J&P, ecumenism/interfaith and the option for the poor, including asylum seekers.
Dr. Ann Marie MealyAnn Marie is a Senior Lecturer in the Theology department at Leeds Trinity University where she specialises in Moral Theology. She is also part of the CAFOD Theological Reference Group and represents Leeds Trinity University at Leeds Citizens.
John DuffyJohn Lives in Huddersfield and worships with the Good Shepherd community in Mytholmroyd.