There is a nobility in the duty to care for creation through little daily actions, and it is wonderful how education can bring about real changes in lifestyle.

Pope Francis’ papal encyclical on the environment released June 18, 2015 was a call to the world about the interconnection of all creation.

In November 2021, the Church called upon Catholics and all people to join a seven-year initiative, Laudato Si Action Platform, to focus on redefining and rebuilding our relationship with each other and our common home.

“What does Laudato Si’ mean?” The words mean, “Praise be to you (my Lord)”. The line is a reference to the writings of St. Francis of Assisi who 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.

“Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with colored flowers and herbs.” ~ Canticle of the Creatures in Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 1.

Laudato Si’ Week, May 22-29, 2022, will mark the seventh anniversary of Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical on creation care. This global celebration will unite Catholics to rejoice in the efforts we have put forth for the Care of Creation over many years and decades. In this moment in time, we are called to become conscious of those efforts and to RECOMMIT ourselves to continue forward.  Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters Pledge

Our Congregation has, for many years, used the DOMINICAN CALL TO JUSTICE as the foundation of our justice responses: Climate Justice, Economic Justice, Human Trafficking, Migration/Immigration and Peace and Security of All Life. A key concept that has arisen from our justice responses and study of Laudato Si’ is that of INTEGRAL ECOLOGY: an integrated and holistic approach to political, social, economic, and environmental problems.

Integral ecology demands that we pay attention to how any and all justice issues are connected to one another. An Integral Ecology mindset will move us to concern about how all justice issues interconnect with one another. This mindset will allow us to view the Laudato Si’ Action Plan not simply as an environmental project but as loving care for all Creation.

“We are not faced with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather one complex crisis which is both social and environmental. Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the underprivileged, and at the same time protecting nature.” Laudato Si’ Section 139

"Our Common Home One Human Family" Video Series

The 12 videos (3-5 minutes each) in this series, “Our Common Home One Human Family,” offer thoughtful exploration of some of the basic themes, principles, and values expressed in Laudato Si (On the Care of Our Common Home). Sister Mary Catherine Fodrocy OP was moved to create this video series in 2021, when the COVID pandemic limited personal contact. Individual and groups are appreciating this transformative contemplative study experience.

Access videos at https://www.grdominicans.org/introducing-our-common-home-one-human-family-laudato-si-video-series/

Laudato Si' Study Modules 2022

Laudato Si’ Reflective Study Modules.  Preview or download additional study resources at these links.  Resources

Module 1  Project Overview by Brigid Clingman OP

Module 2  Care of Our Common Home by Lisa Mitchell, Associate

Module 3 Ecological Economics, 3rd Goal of Laudato Si’ by Brigid Clingman OP

Module 4 Grand Rapids Climate Coalition by Cynthia Bailey, Associate

Module 5  Dominican Alliance EcoJustice by Mary Navarre OP

 

Catechetical Teaching Ideas for Every Grade: A Focus on Laudato Si'

Catechists: Do you need Laudato Si’ classroom resources and materials? Get a copy of book recommendations, lesson plans and more, for all age groups. This resource was developed by the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids and friends to assist catechists in sharing Pope Francis’ call to Care for Our Common Home.

View or download  Children’s Book Recommendations for Laudato Si 

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