Development and Peace is the official international development organization of the Catholic Church in Canada and the Canadian member of Caritas Internationalis. Inspired by Gospel values, particularly, "the preferential option for the poor," the goals of Development and Peace are to support initiatives by people in the Global South to take control over their lives and to educate Canadians about North-South issues. Their education, advocacy, and fundraising work here at home is carried out by Development and Peace members from coast-to-coast.

During the past 42 years, Development and Peace has provided $531 million to finance 15, 200 projects in 70 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, $130 million of which has been allocated in emergency aid. Typical projects involve issues such as peace-building, human rights, agrarian reform, education, community development and economic justice. In the fiscal year 2007-2008, Development and Peace financed 234 programs and projects. Of these, 43 involved emergency aid for natural disasters or man-made problems like wars and civil disturbances.

For more information Development and Peace, please visit their website at

The Development & Peace Group gathers people together to explore issues of justice from a Catholic perspective, focusing on the sanctity of life at all stages. We work to support Development & Peace initiatives in the Global South through education, advocacy, volunteer activities and fundraising. We learn together and support one another as we strive create a more just world.

King’s Development and Peace group meets Friday mornings at 10:00 am for 1-hour conversations on issues of water, poverty, equality, food sovereignty, and fair trade from the lens of Catholic Social teaching. We also will facilitate a High School workshop focusing on this year’s Development and Peace theme “Our Common Home” and the effects of COVID 19 in the Global South. Until further notice meetings will remain virtual. All are welcome!

For more information, please contact Annette Donovan Panchaud at or call 519-433-3491 ex 4423.

Visit the Social Justice and Peace Studies program web site