Mission and Role

Action on behalf of justice and participation in the transformation of the world fully appear to us as a constitutive dimension of the preaching of the Gospel, or, in other words, of the Church’s mission for the redemption of the human race and its liberation from every oppressive situation

Synod of Bishops, Justice in the World.

The Justice and Peace Office is an agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.

Justice and Peace Office Team

Fr Peter Smith

Justice & Peace Promoter

Fr Peter Smith has been a priest of the Archdiocese of Sydney since 1985. After leaving school he studied Economics before entering the Seminary. Since ordination he has served in various parishes in the Archdiocese and is currently the Parish Priest of St Columba’s Leichhardt North.

Peter has lectured in ethics and served on various ethics committees including Sydney University, the NSW Cancer Council and the Board of The Sisters of Charity Health Services Auburn. He has always been active in social justice issues and more recently in the promotion of the Sydney Alliance.

Fr Peter holds a Licentiate in Sacred Theology.

Dr Kimberley Doyle

Research & Project Officer

Kimberley has a background in research, history and education with a particular interest in peace and conflict studies, especially in relation to peacekeeping and peacebuilding in Pacific contexts. She has worked and volunteered in the education and community sectors in positions ranging from teaching in tertiary and public education roles, to volunteer work with young indigenous people in remote central Australia. Her special interests in social justice issues are in the areas of peacemaking and peacebuilding, fair working conditions, equitable access to meaningful education and support for those living with disabilities.

Kimberley holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Macquarie University and a PhD from the Australian National University.


Ruth Moraes

Research & Project Officer

Ruth comes from a background in research and verification of information for publication in encyclopedias and journals. Ruth has worked and volunteered on human rights projects in New Zealand and India. In regards to social justice, she is particularly interested in pro-life issues, human rights and anti-corruption work.

Ruth has a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts (History) from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and is currently studying towards a Master of Liberal Arts (Theology) at the University of Notre Dame Australia.