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 is a priest of the Archdiocese of Sydney, Australia. He is the Parish Priest of the inner city parish of St Columba’s North Leichhardt. Peter is also the Promoter of Justice and Peace for the Archdiocese and teaches in both the Medical and Philosophy & Theology faculties of the University of Notre Dame, Sydney.

Additionally, he sits on a number of committees both ecclesiastical and secular including The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, (a national body of the Episcopal Conference), The Sydney Archdiocese Anti-Slavery Committee, the Board of the Sydney Alliance, (a community organising body incorporating 47 member groups from across civil society), the Council of Sancta Sophia (a residential College of Sydney University), and the Archdiocesan Properties Committee.

Peter is the Co-editor in Chief of Solidarity: The Journal of Catholic Social Thought and Secular Ethics and a Founding member of The Global Catholic Climate Network.

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.


Felicity Wade

Renewable Energy Officer

Felicity has had a long career as an environmental advocate. She ran the Wilderness Society in NSW for 15 years and is the National Co-convenor of the Labor Environment Action Network, an organisation which has effectively campaigned within the Labor Party to entrench commitment to the clean eneryg transition. She has worked on many environment campaigns beginning with the forest campaigns of the late 90s and including work on the Great Barrier Reef, land clearing, river protection and more recently on climate change and renewable energy. Her activism is a direct result of her faith and the clear message of the gospel that fighting for justice is a Christian calling.

Felicity is working on a project called ‘Caring for Creation through Solar’