Laudato Si’ turns five this year!

Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’: On Care for our Common Home is the first encyclical to focus on the environment as an integral ecology among all of God’s creation, including the human impact on life and the poor. Its foundation rests in a long history of Church teaching on creation. This encyclical was written with both hope and resolve, looking with candor and humility to humanity’s common future.

The title is taken from the first line of the encyclical, “Laudato si’, mi Signore,” or “Praise be to you, my Lord.” In the words of the beautiful “Canticle of Brother Sun and Sister Moon” of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Francis reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us.

Events in our Diocese

Creation Study Series in June
Join a locally-offered online study group in June to seek answers to the deeper questions about ecology and the environment within God’s creation and learn about Church teaching on ecology, including Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’.

Registration is open for two six-week sessions:
Study Group 1 – Meeting on Zoom Mondays from 7 -8:30 p.m. beginning June 8, facilitated by Barbara Scott, OFS
Study Group 2 – Meeting on Zoom Thursdays from 3-4:30 p.m. beginning June 11, facilitated by Sr. Damien Marie Savino, FSE, co-writer of the Creation series

If you would like to be able to attend either meeting, depending on scheduling, you may register for both.  If you do not have a computer, you may also dial in on your phone. Cost is free.

Registration deadline: June 4 Click here to register.

Save the Date – Laudato Si’ Mass with Bishop Walkowiak
When: Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020 at 7 p.m.
Where: Cathedral of Saint Andrew
The date of the Mass corresponds with the start of the annual Season of Creation celebration scheduled for Sept. 1 to Oct. 4. Read more about the Season of Creation on the Vatican News website.

Additional resources

Visit the: Catholic Climate Movement website
Read Laudato Si’ (Vatican website, multiple languages)
To commemorate the encyclical’s fifth anniversary, Pope Francis invited Catholics to participate in Laudato Si’  Week, a nine-day global event May 16-24: Watch video

From the USCCB:
Sign up to receive daily reflections with ways to pray, learn, and act to care for God’s creation.
Ways to observe the fifth anniversary
Prayer to Care for Our Common Home (based on Laudato Si’) | Español
Laudato Si’: Caring for Our Common Home Discussion GuideEspañol