Around 40 people attended a Laudato Si’ Mass and Conversation at St Mary’s North Sydney on 2 February, with EcoJesuit Coordinator Fr Pedro Walpole SJ joining them as special guest.The Mass celebrates the anniversary of Pope Francis’ environment encyclical, Laudato Si’, each year. The special liturgy has been developed by the Parish Ecology Group over the past two years with help from the Parish Music Minister Michael Paton.
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The Reconciliation with Creation program of the Jesuit Conference Asia Pacific (JCAP) is organizing a series of Living Laudato Si’ workshops in Mindanao this year to contribute to the formation of apostolic communities of practice capable of reconciling with creation. By bringing together the experiences of Jesuits and justice, of communities of practice and discernment, the Living Laudato Si’ workshops allow participants to review their spirituality and discernment towards more effective planning and implementation in the various apostolates.
Being with God in Nature at the Campion Centre of Ignatian Spirituality is a ministry that emerged “out of the desire to invite people to experience the presence that is God in Nature in the Australian landscape, in the hope that with their spiritual encounter with the Spirit there, they would begin an ecological conversion and change they live with the Earth,” according to Peter Saunders, who coordinates the ministry and is one of the ministry’s spiritual directors.
In a joint discernment in the light of the encyclical Laudato Si’, around 120 delegates gathered in Quito, Ecuador from 23 to 27 November for the first Latin American and Caribbean gathering on integral ecology with the theme Disciples-Missionaries, custodians of creation and discussed concerns on human rights, development models, climate change, the church and mineral governance, and resilience and adaptation of communities to climate change.
A focus during COP23 was to better connect the Ecclesial Network of the Congo Basin Forest (réseau Ecclésial de la forêt du Bassin du Congo or REBAC) with other initiatives and as such, we dedicated the first days to understand the efforts of the Central African Forests Commission (Commission des forêts d’Afrique centrale or COMIFAC) and explore a dialogue.