Introducing the New JPIC Executive Co-Secretaries
We are proud to introduce and welcome our two new
Executive Co-Secretaries of the JPIC Commission USG
and UISG, Sr. Maamalifar M. Poreku and Fr. Roy Thomas,
who will join the office March 1, 2023. We are grateful
for all that they have done to promote peace and justice
and look forward to their time in the JPIC Office.
Sr. Maamalifar is a Missionary
Sister of Our Lady of Africa
(MSOLA). She was born in
Ghana where she attended
elementary and secondary
school. She has always been
dedicated to education, both
for herself and for others. Sr.
Maamalifar attended university
at Selly Oak Colleges, UK, and
Christ the Teacher Institute for education in Nairobi. She
taught in Savelugu, Ghana, and went on to earn a Masters
of Arts in Peace Studies and International Relations at
Hekima University College in Nairobi. Her extensive
background in teaching includes teaching in Kenya,
Ghana and Malawi.
Sr. Maamalifar has served as the Regional leader of
East Africa, a member of the general council and
as the Community leader in Nairobi. Currently, she
accompanies junior sisters as they prepare for their
own final vows. She is actively involved in many
areas of activism. She was a member of JPIC Roma
working groups for the Integrity of Creation and antitrafficking. She is a Laudato Si' Animator and a member
of the Laudato Si' Movement and is a participant in
Faith for Earth. Additionally, she participated with the
Stakeholders Forum for Sustainable Future.
I am looking forward to collaborating with all who desire to listen to the cry of the poor and the cry of the earth so that together with our creator we will help wipe away every tear from the eyes of the poor and the earth where there will be no more crying nor pain. Let us join hands to empower the poor and the earth from the grassroots through a transformative action of education.
Fr. Roy belongs to the Society of the Divine Word
working in India Central Province. He served as assistant
parish priest for two years in the Catholic Church Jhalod,
Gujarat, India, and served for a year as Procurator of
Catholic Ashram Palda Seminary (Juniorate) as well as
Assistant Director at Janvikas Society Palda, Indore. He was appointed as the Director
of Janvikas Society, an NGO
initiated by the INC Province of
Divine Word Society in Indore
to serve the needs of the poor
and the marginalized living in
the slums. He was given the
responsibility to initiate a center
for the differently abled in the
city of Indore.
Fr. Roy has spent many years working for the
empowerment of women and children who are poor and
marginalized. He has worked for the rights of migrants
and domestic workers, and has organized grassroots
projects with Credit cooperatives, trade unions, and
self-help groups. He attended university at Garkatullah
University of Bhopal, India, where he earned a Bachelors
in Business Administration, and at Jnana Deepa Vidya
Peeth, in Pune, with a Bachelors in Theology. He earned
his Masters in Social Work at Loyola College, Madras
University in Chennai. Fr. Roy is the JPIC Coordinator
of the SVD and has served as the first executive director
of VIVAT India. He is currently the president of CRI,
Conference of Religious of India, Indore Diocese, and
is the Madhya Pradesh State Convener of FORUM of
Religious for Justice and Peace.
I am looking forward to promoting JPIC initiates in the life and mission of Religious Institutes, responding to the signs of the times, through collaborating with JPIC promoters and working groups.
Deep gratitude to Sr. Sheila Kinsey
SR SHEILA THANKS THE JPIC PROMOTERS:
Thank you for all the ways you have supported JPIC. Your are fortunate to have such passionate Executive Co-secretaries so willing to journey with you!
With much gratitude and assurance of my ongoing prayerful support.