During Season of Creation 2022, members of the Laudato Si´ Action Platform’s Religious and the Parishes and Dioceses Working Groups provided a reflection on this year’s theme: “Listen to the Voice of Creation.”
Through diverse and global webinars, each group provided guidance in achieving integral ecology to their sector through their experiences with the Laudato Si´ Action Platform.
Working Groups of the Laudato Si´ Action platform are leading Catholic organizations from around the world, organized into seven sectors—Families and Individuals, Parishes and Dioceses, Educational Institutions, Hospitals and Healthcare Institutions, Economic Entities, Organizations and Groups, and Religious Orders.
Using the Laudato Si’ Goals as a guide, these participants have outlined the next steps in their journeys through their Laudato Si’ Plans, and they are ready to come alongside you in your journey to provide guidance, insight, and inspiration.
The Working Group members assisted in the development of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform, and their diverse perspectives help ensure the Platform’s global framework integrates a rich variety of experiences and knowledge.
>>> Learn who the members of the Working Groups are here.
>>> Connect with the Laudato Si’ Action Platform Working Groups here.
Working Group Webinars to Support Your Laudato Si´ Journey
Religious Working Group
On September 13, leaders from the Religious Working Group hosted a Season of Creation webinar—A Practical Approach for the Religious Sector on the Laudato Si´Action Platform—for all religious communities and congregations.
Sr. Sheila Kinsey, FCJM, offered motivations and spiritual insights, specifically for local religious communities and congregations, to join the Laudato Si’ Action Platform.
Sylverius Perry, Wapichan elder from Guyana, shared his testimony of listening to the Cry of the Earth through his experience with the Indigenous people of Guyana.
Br. Alberto Praise, MCCJ, provided a theological perspective, presenting ecological conversion as a vocation.
Finally, Sr. Annette Bikongnyuy, TSSF, shared the experience from her congregation in Cameroon participating in the Laudato Si´ Action Platform.
The webinar was moderated by Brother Carlos Jose Ferrada Montero, SVD.
>>> Watch the webinar offered by the Religious Working Group here.
Parishes and Dioceses Working Group
On September 22, the Parishes and Dioceses Working Group hosted their Season of Creation webinar: A Practical Approach for Parishes and Dioceses on the Laudato Si´Action Platform.
John Mundell, director of the Laudato Si´ Action Platform, shared inspiring words to commend parishes’ and dioceses’ engagement in the Laudato Si´Action Platform and to encourage them to continue spreading the word about it.
Additional webinar speakers included Bishop Allwyn D’silva and Shawna Nemesia Rebello from the Archdiocese of Bombay; Bernadette Crewe-Brown from the Justice and Peace Commission of the Catholic Archdiocese of Cape Town and the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference; and Laura Morosini from Église verte in France and Paz Artaza-Regan from Catholic Climate Covenant in the U.S.
The webinar was moderated by Dr Sandie Cornish from the Australian Catholic University.
>>> Watch the webinar offered by the Parishes and Dioceses Working Group here.
We hope these webinars will provide guidance to you on your journey towards integral ecology, and we pray for the fruits of this year’s Season of Creation and the ones to come in 2023 and beyond.