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 M. Poreku, MSOLA
Sr Maamalifar M. Poreku, MSOLA

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 Thomas, SVD
Fr. Roy Thomas, SVD

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 Kinsey, FCJM
Sr. Sheila Kinsey, FCJM

Sr Sheyla has served as co-executive secretary of the JPIC Commission of the USG and UISG for more than seven years.
Her work has led to the formation of a strongly united community that enables change through the spirit of the Gospel, representing God's wonderful message that heals our precious world.
She has contributed to so many vital projects: Sowing Hope for the Planet, the Laudato Si' Action Platform, the JPIC Promoters Formation Workshops, advocacy mapping and many informative webinars. 
Sr. Sheila will end her service in the JPIC Office on March 13, 2023. She will remain in Rome working with the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors and Vulnerable Adults. 


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.                                                                                                                      

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