Coinciding with World Environment Day, 5 June 2019, Bishop Kenneth Howell introduces ‘Living Laudato Si’ in the Archdiocese of Brisbane.
The Archdiocese’s own Living Laudato Si’ Steering Group is taking the Pope’s call to action to the heart of our faith and life, developing plans and resources to help the church live out the ethos of caring for creation.
Listen to what Bishop Kenneth has to say in the short video below, or read here.
- Living Laudato Si' in the Archdiocese of Brisbane
Living Laudato Si' in the Archdiocese of Brisbane
Archbishop Coleridge responded to the Pope’s challenge by agreeing to the formation of a Living Laudato Si’ Steering Group. The Living Laudato Si’ Steering Group has representatives from every segment of the Archdiocese. The Steering Group is tasked to guide and serve the whole of the Archdiocese so that we all deepen our commitment to care for our common home as an essential part of our mission.
For more information about the initiative, click here.
Coinciding with the World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation, 1st September 2019, Living Laudato Si’ Brisbane was launched at St Stephen’s Cathedral with a Mass for Creation and a Laudato Si Picnic. A series of events featuring Archbishop Peter Loy Chong included Laudato Si’ Formation and Dialogue sessions and a Season of Creation Evensong with ecumenical leaders.
- Living Laudato Si' Parish & Agency
Living Laudato Si' Parish & Agency
“The Lord was able to invite others to be attentive to the beauty that there is in the world because he himself was in constant touch with nature, lending it an attention full of fondness and wonder. As he made his way through the land, he often stopped to contemplate the beauty sown by his Father, and invited his disciples to perceive a divine message in things…” LS #97
There are three Laudato Si’ actions recommended to energise and transform:
- Become a parish or agency that deeply cares for our common home through ongoing learning and community formation. Consider taking the Laudato Si’ Animator Course online. Look at the Laudato Si’ Resources list below and watch a video together with your community to generate dialogue and action. Read documents to stimulate ecological conversion and consider taking the Laudato Si’ Pledge.
- Conduct an audit of your parish or agency that opens up dialogue with leaders and the community about how to develop an ‘Integral Ecology’. The Integral Ecology Audit tool is free and your first audit will establish a baseline for your parish or agency. Each year as you progress towards ‘Integral Ecology’ you are invited to share your story with the Living Laudato Si Steering Group and celebrate your deepening relationship with Creation.
- Celebrate the Season of Creation with your parish or agency making use of the resources available for your church organisation. Season of Creation website resources.
We invite you to share your stories of ecological conversion with the Living Laudato Si’ Brisbane Steering Group. You may wish to share a short video or photographs with a written description of your experience to us to share on this webpage.
Please email Peter Arndt’s with a story of your parish, agency or school undergoing ecological conversion: email@example.com
“All of this shows the urgent need for us to move forward in a bold cultural revolution.” LS #114
- Living Laudato Si' School
Living Laudato Si' School
Brisbane Catholic Education launched its Commitment to Laudato Si Statement Statement early in 2019. The statement positions BCE as an organisation that is committed to integral ecology as “a holistic and distinctive way of being, thinking and living that honours the interconnectedness of Creation in all its forms”.
BCE’s School Development Services section is overseeing the completion of the Living Laudato Si’ ERaMP (Energy Reduction and Management Plan) in each of its schools. This energy initiative provides schools with a thorough assessment of their use of energy, and recommends ways in which schools can improve their energy use, switch to renewable energy for electricity and produce their own renewable energy at each location.
School Development Services has tools available to open up dialogue about how schools currently consider ecological conversion, and how they might best respond to the challenges and opportunities presented within Laudato Si’. The Integral Ecology Audit for Schools is an annual improvement tool that enables dialogue and action.
Further learning opportunities for staff and students will be provided following the development and implementation of a BCE strategy for living Laudato Si’.
Video Resources for Schools
- Living Laudato Si' Lent
Living Laudato Si' Lent
- Living Laudato Si' week 2020
Living Laudato Si' week 2020
Laudato Si’ Week is almost here! It begins Saturday 16 May and runs through to the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical on caring for our common home, Laudato Si’, Sunday 24 May. The theme for the week is Everything Is Connected.
The COVID-19 pandemic has prevented many of the activities planned for the week going ahead. However, the Vatican’s Dicastry for Integral Human Development has partnered with the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) to host a series of on-line events including a retreat exploring the notion of ecological conversion on Saturday 16 May and Sunday 17 May, and a series of workshops on eco-spirituality, sustainability, advocacy and social action.
These events will come from Rome. They will take place late in the evening our time, but, if you register, we understand you will be able to access the recording of each event and watch it at a more convenient time. You can access information about these events and register for them here.
At the end of the week, all Catholics around the world are encouraged to pray a prayer composed for Laudato Si’ Week at 12 noon local time. You can find details and the text of the prayer here.
Because of the disruption caused by the pandemic, events will take place over the next 12 months as part of a Laudato Si’ Year.