Did you Hear Their Stories?

Posted May 30, 2024

Hear inspiring tales of hope and action from religious women and men across North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Oceania, celebrated during Laudato Si’ Week.

On May 22, 2024, the Laudato Si’ Action Platform and the Justice, Peace and Integrity Commission from the men and women’s international Unions of Superiors General hosted a webinar titled “Voices of Faith and Hope: Global Catholic Religious in the Heart of Climate Action,” as part of their ongoing series supporting the journey towards integral ecology.


“Voices of Faith and Hope: Global Catholic Religious in the Heart of Climate Action” Recording


Our webinar featured stories from different continents and religious communities, illustrating the global Catholic community’s response to the ecological crisis. Each story highlighted how Laudato Si’ Action Platform participants integrate Laudato Si’ into their daily lives and ministries, reflecting a deep commitment to caring for our common home.

Ecological Conversion in Europe:

In Italy, Sr. Tiziana Longhitano shared how the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor have embraced an ecological lifestyle. Their commitment to reducing plastic use and supporting sustainable products is a testament to their dedication to environmental stewardship.

Land Justice in North America:

From the United States, Beth Piggush, a lay person deeply connected to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, discussed the congregation’s efforts in learning about land justice, reflecting their long-standing commitment to ecological and social values.

Community Engagement in South America:

Friar Erick Marín Carballo from Costa Rica narrated his involvement in the Amazon, where he works with indigenous and marginalized communities to promote sustainable development and ecological awareness.

Recycling Innovations in Africa:

In Ghana, Sr. Comfort Arthur of the Sisters of the Holy Cross introduced the SOAR project, focusing on recycling and environmental health, showcasing how religious commitments can lead to innovative ecological solutions.

Educational Efforts in Asia:

Rey Sario from the Philippines highlighted how personal ecological conversion can influence community practices, notably in educational settings like St. Joseph’s Academy of Las Piñas.

Ecological Advocacy in Oceania:

Sr. Mary Ann from Australia shared how the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart are integrating ecological care into their spiritual and community activities, emphasizing the role of education and advocacy.

Inspiration and Call to Action

Our webinar was not only about sharing successes, but also about inspiring action. The stories conveyed a clear message: small, localized actions can lead to significant global impacts.

All these storytellers used the Laudato Si’ Action Platform to support their journey towards climate action. If you haven’t already, you can also make the platform your compass for this journey by enrolling below:


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