Laudato Si

Welcome – this retreat offers a chance to reflect prayerfully on our relationship to the Risen Lord as we encounter Christ in ourselves, in other people and in the whole of creation.In this retreat we will ponder how the Risen Lord is present to us.   What it means for the Spirit of God to dwell within us in our everyday lives.  The retreat will give us an opportunity to consider how Christ comes to us anew each day just as he came to his disciples on the road to Emmaus, or...
windfarm
The Jesuits in Britain will be “going green” on April 1st 2018.Nineteen out of the twenty-two Catholic dioceses in England and Wales have got together and formed Interdiocesan Fuel Management LTD (IFM) a not-for-profit company, in which they have taken shares.The Jesuits in Britain, along with other Catholic organisations, have come to an agreement that all  their energy use should come from renewable sources. From April 1st 2018, a number of Jesuit properties will have one-hundred percent...
Connecting Ecologies Group
Calling for a concerted effort occurs regularly in simple situations like competing in a tug-of-war contest or moving a piano. Recently, at Campion Hall the exhortation was issued on a much larger, literally cosmic, scale in the interdisciplinary Symposium devoted to the topic of ‘Connecting Ecologies’.The Symposium was held from 6-9 December 2017 and involved some forty scholars and experts from several countries who devoted their widespread learning and varied experience to seeking a shared...
Henry Longbottom SJ (centre front row) with co-workers
Between 6 to 17 November, over 30 Jesuits and co-workers belonging to the Ecojesuit network participated in events during the UN COP23 climate change conference held in the German city of Bonn. Among them were two members of the Jesuit European Social Centre team, Peter Rožič SJ and Henry Longbottom SJ, pictured front row, third from right. COP23 – What happened on the international stageConference of Parties (“COP”) summits take place annually.  This year, nearly 200...
Fr Henri de Laulanié SJ worked as a missionary in Madagascar for over thirty years and soon realised how important rice was and how people’s lives were linked to the success or the failure of the rice harvest. Now, twelve years after his death, the system he pioneered is critical to anti-hunger strategies in various parts of the world.Nepal and Indonesia have announced success in pilot projects of growing rice, using a system called SRI (System of Rice Intensification) which was developed by a...
Campion Hall has announced that it will host 'Connecting Ecologies' in early December. Inspired by the vision of Pope Francis’ recent encyclical Laudato si, it will be different to the usual academic conference. Fr. James Hanvey SJ, Master of Campion Hall describes it as, “a series of events that bring together specialists from different academic and professional backgrounds. The aim is to stimulate dialogue and reflection about an integrated response to environmental change.” The idea was...
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Harvest thanksgiving celebrates not only God’s seasonal gifts of crops for sustenance, but has become a more general celebration of thanksgiving for his gift of all the rich and interdependent diversity of life on earth.  We are increasingly aware of the fragility of the intricate balance that sustains such a rich diversity of life on our unique planet, and of the fragility of the conditions required for any life to continue on earth at all.Early in the last century with so many boasts of...
Last week the universal church celebrated the feast of the radical Italian merchant’s son, Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, who abandoned a life of luxury to give his life to God and became known as Francis of Assisi.  Pope Francis has called on people of good-will to have a similar conversion away from consumerism and to become defenders of creation. On the feast of St. Francis a group of similarly minded people gathered at a controversial ‘fracking’ site outside Preston, Lancashire, to...
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Jesuit Missions has produced some new education resources  based on Laudato Si.Mother Earth Day occurs every year on April 22nd. It is a day to raise awareness of the challenges facing our fragile planet, and of our responsibilities towards her.Jesuit Missions has designed two resources in celebration of Mother Earth Day:For secondary schools (KS3), the resource is a 1 hour in depth analysis of Laudato Si, aiming:To deepen students’ understanding of Laudato Si and the environmental...
On care for our common homeOur short series of talks given by Jesuits based on issues arising from Pope Francis’ encyclical continues with Fr Damian Howard SJ:“A deeper shade of green? The religious vision of Laudato Si”The talk will be followed by a time for questions and open discussion and  tea and coffee will be available.The final talk is on 23rd November with Henry Longbottom SJ 

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