Laudato Si’ week celebrates the 5th anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’. Pope Francis invites us to join the celebration during this week, 16-24 May 2020.
Why do we think it is worth shouting about?
The Journey to 2030 project, and the Ecological Conversion Group, were started in response to Pope Francis’s urgent call to respond to the ecological crisis, set out in Laudato Si’. During Laudato Si’ week, we encourage you to celebrate your achievements over the last five years!
Laudato Si week is sponsored by the Vatican Dicastery for Integral Human Development, and run by the Global Catholic Climate Movement and Renova+. You can find out more at www.laudatosiweek.org
- Bishop John Arnold, the lead Bishop for the environment in England and Wales, will be celebrating mass online on Wednesday 20th at 6pm to mark Laudato Si week.
- The Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, Bishop Robert Byrne CO, wrote a statement making five years of Laudato Si’ which you can read here.
- Eco Catholic launches this week with new videos breaking down core concepts of Laudato Si’.
- The Catholic Education Service have released resources to help you celebrate at home or school, including a fact file of ecological saints.
If you want to get more involved:
Below we’ve collated some of the interesting things going on for you to get involved with. Please note many of them require pre-registration.
Calendar of events
- Saturday 16
- Today marks 5 years since the publication of Laudato Si’. If you’ve not read it, you can download it here.
- Part one of the Laudato Si’ Week retreat by GCCM at 3pm here.
- London Jesuit Young Adult (18-35) Ministries 5th anniversary celebration. “Coming Back to Life: Ecological Conversion for the Ecological Transition” with Jacques St Laurent, SJ. 2-4pm. Follow this facebook link.
- Streamed Mass from Hexham and Newcastle Diocese with Fr. Adrian Tuckwell, Episcopal Vicar for Caritas, at 12pm. More information here.
- Sunday 17
- Part two of the Laudato Si’ Week retreat by GCCM at 5pm here.
- Tuesday 19
- Laudato Si’ Week Webinar. “Eco-spirituality: Deepening our communion with Creation” at 2pm here:
- Wednesday 20
- Laudato Si’ Week Webinar. “Sustainability: Time for the Church to Lead by Example” at 2pm here.
- Faith For the Climate hold a webinar on the distinctive contribution that people of faith can add to solving the ecological crisis, with Christine Allen, director of CAFOD, and Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, from 2-3pm. Register here.
- Laudato Si’ Week Webinar. “Advocacy: Raising our Voices for the Earth and the most Vulnerable” at 4pm here.
- Bishop John Arnold is celebrating mass to mark Laudato Si’ week from 6pm for CAFOD, which you can join here.
- Thursday 21
- London Jesuit Young Adult (18-35) Ministries online Liturgy for the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord and making 5 years of Laudato Si’. To receive the zoom link, please email email@example.com.
- Friday 22
- Laudato Si’ Week Webinar. “Social Action: Integral Ecology and Community Building in Times of a Global Pandemic” at 2pm here.
- Saturday 23
- London Jesuit Young Adult (18-35) Ministries online gathering. “Coming Back to Life 2: Tools for Ecological Transition” with Jacques St Laurent from 2-4pm. Follow this facebook link or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Extra resources for the week and beyond
Journey to 2030.
- Read our ‘year of the cockerel guide’ to learn more about the urgency the ecological crisis presents, and to get involved with the response!
- Join us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/EcoConversionGroup/
- A new series of videos explaining core concepts of Laudato Si’ have been released, in collaboration with the Jesuits, CAFOD and the Ecological Conversion Group.
- Resources and events for Laudato Si’ at Five.
Catholic Education Service
- New resources are available for schools and homes to celebrate Laudato Si week.
- Drawing Laudato Si’ – an online art challenge inviting people to share their reflections on daily word prompts taken from Laudato Si’.