Laudato si'

The “Thinking Big in Europe” network had its official launch on Ash Wednesday, 26th February via a Zoom meeting.What is this project? It is a way of linking Jesuits and laypeople across the European continent and our work on ecology, inspired by the papal encyclical Laudato Si’. Specifically, the network will allow Jesuits to explore avenues of collaboration and support. It will form one branch of the bigger tree that is the Ecojesuit network.On Ash Wednesday, seventeen of us met (online) to...
Niall Leahy is a Jesuit from Ireland who is studying for an MA in Integral Ecology at the London Jesuit Centre. Here he explains what Integral Ecology is. If you want to know what integral ecology is then don’t waste your time reading this blog post and just read Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’. To cut to the chase then read Chapter Four, called (drum roll…) ‘Integral Ecology’. It does exactly what it says on the tin. Still here? Then here are a few thoughts...
A Jesuit priest who has lived in Zambia for the past 65 years says a recent intergovernmental report titled ‘Nature’s Dangerous Decline’ strongly echoes the case made by Pope Francis in his landmark encyclical of 2015 - Laudato Si’.‘Nature’s Dangerous Decline’ was published last May by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and is the most comprehensive scientific report ever undertaken on the natural environment.Fr Michael J Kelly SJ is a...
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For the month of September, we are invited to ponder and pray for the protection of the seas and oceans. David Stewart SJ invites us to reflect on our use of the earth’s resources.The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network’s mission is to share the Holy Father’s monthly prayer intention widely among the people of God, in our parishes and chaplaincies, communities and families. With the Pope, we want to change our hearts, to be more ready to carry out Christ’s mission in the world. For this September,...
Clapham Community retreat in Birmingham
On the edge of Clapham Common, the Jesuit house there is now dedicated to welcoming young adults and helping them to engage in caring for our common home, following the teaching of Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si’. It is a fairly new project, since the house became available only last summer, and the community was completed only mid-September 2018 with the arrival of Ruth Holgate to join Fr Jim Conway SJ and Fr Dushan Croos SJ. It is like a germinating seed: at the moment it is only a...
Ecojesuit strongly supports the recent declaration of a climate emergency by Pope Francis and his appeals for urgent collaborative action to this global challenge, with hope and with care and where young people and businesses take leading roles along with greater political action.The message of Pope Francis is clear and direct. He expresses the urgency and depth of the problem facing humanity. “We do not have the luxury of waiting for others to step forward, or of prioritizing short-term...
Jesuit Missions will be joining the Climate Coalition and hundreds of other organisations and individuals as they come together on mass to speak up against climate change.We are running out of time to meet the 1.5C temperature increase agreed in Paris in 2015. Individuals are making a change, now we need the government to cooperate and commit to a net zero emissions target.“Climate Change is affecting people across the world,” says Paul Chitnis, Director of Jesuit Missions. “The increase in...
A group of inspiring and committed young adults came together last weekend to engage with themes in the Pope's letter calling on all of humanity to 'Care for our Common Home'. The retreat was facilitated by the new(ish) Laudato Si Community in Clapham, London, and held in the Jesuit Novitiate in Birmingham.The sunshine blazed brightly and spring was most definitely in the air, and plenty of the weekend was spent engaging directly with the beauty of creation - wandering around in the garden,...
Rhinoceros looks at bird
Rev Dr Martin Poulsom SDBTwenty first century developed economies too often view the natural world, God’s Creation, as neutral “stuff” which they are entitled to control for their own profit: cutting down rainforest, burning fossil fuels, endangering animal species, and denying human dignity. This mindset ignores the deep structure of nature: God’s presence in and love of Creation.The Jesuits in Britain propose a different way of relating to this God-given world, treating it with reverence,...
St Mary’s Hall
During this Season of Creation which Pope Francis has called from the 1st September (World day of prayer for Creation) to the 4th October, some of our Jesuit schools across the UK have been looking at different ways in which they can 'Care for Creation', as expressed in Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si.On Friday 14th September, St Mary’s Hall welcomed Mr. Robert Turner who has worked with the Global Catholic Climate Movement who spoke in assembly about a Waste Recycling Awareness Project for...

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