The Laudato Si Initative
Our vision is for the Archdiocese of Atlanta to be the trusted leader for integral ecology; modeling fully integrated social, environmental and economic justice and sustainability.
Our mission is to build greater solidarity among North Georgia Catholics so that we may more fully hear the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor, and take urgent and impactful action to weave together social, environmental and economic justice and sustainability into our Catholic way of life.
The Archdiocese of Atlanta Laudato Si Initiative (LSI) is a five-year effort based on the concept of integral ecology. Justice and Peace Ministries is leading this effort, with the support of our Bishops. Sustainability Coordinators, numerous Creation Care Teams, an Archdiocesan Creation Care Team, a Sustainability Advisory Roundtable and our Catholic faithful will make this happen. By helping parishes, missions and schools to assess facilities; prioritize, plan and implement improvements; and offer education and supporting programs, the LSI will directly address the challenges put forth in Laudato Si.
To fulfill our mission, we will take urgent action to weave social, environmental and economic justice and sustainability into our Catholic way of life. It focuses on a conversion of hearts, minds and behaviors by the renewing and strengthening of spiritual, social, environmental and economic awareness.
Leonard Robinson (Sustainability Strategist) and Brian Savoie (Sustainability Program Coordinator), are working part-time as servant-leaders under the direction of Kat Doyle (Director of Justice and Peace Ministries). Our Bishops (Archbishop Hartmayer, along with Auxiliary Bishops Konzen and Shlesinger) fully support this effort. An Archdiocesan-level Sustainability Committee and Creation Care Team will provide advice to LSI program leaders and will help in acquiring technical, educational and financial resources. Expanding on the passion and experience of existing Creation Care Teams, the Archdiocese of Atlanta is positioned to lead and support initiatives in parishes, missions and schools across Northeast Georgia.
As of April 30, 2020, we are 3 months into the 5-year LSI program. While immediately acting to engage sponsors, parishes and schools, Kat, Leonard and Brian are also focused on building “the plan” for 2020 through 2025, including the programs, people, practices, procedures, systems and resources necessary to meet or exceed challenging goals.
The LSI will lead and support over 1.2 million Catholics, 103 parishes and missions, 277 diocesan and religious priest,; 62 seminarians, 18 archdiocesan Catholic schools to take urgent and important action on the Pope’s plea to the people of the planet to “cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements and talents.”
The LSI will build on the success and momentum of the 2016 Laudato Si Action Plan (LSAP), the annual Green Mass, the integration of the LSAP/LS into our school curricula, and the experience gained from the 2017 Laudato Si Action Plan Pilot Project. To build a just socially, environmentally and economically and sustainable way of being the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, the overarching LSI goals for the chancery, parishes, missions, and schools are as follows:
- Manage/Lessen our environmental impact
- Move forward as a trusted leader in the practice of Integral Ecology
- Take comprehensive Climate Action
- Provide Sustainability Education & Training
- Work toward Social, Economic and Environmental Justice
- Move toward Zero Waste
- Develop a sharable and duplicable model of sustainability for others
- Collaborate and cooperate with like-minded groups including governmental agencies and other faith-based organizations
The following parishes and schools are in the 2020 Laudato Si Initative cohort. They will receive energy and water audits and will work with Georgia Interfaith Power and Light (GIPL) to develop a 3-year Sustainability Improvement Plan that they then have committed to implement and track. Parishes and schools will also start or strengthen existing Green or Creation Care Teams.
- Archdiocese of Atlanta Chancery
- Holy Family Catholic Church
- Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church
- Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic School
- Saint John Neumann Catholic Church
- Saint John Neumann Regional Catholic School
- Saint Joseph Catholic Church
- Saint Joseph Catholic Parish School
- Saint Lawrence Catholic Church
- Saint Oliver Plunkett Catholic Church
- Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church
- Transfiguration Catholic Church
Catholic Social Teaching
Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home
On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si’) is the appeal from Pope Francis addressed to “every person living on this planet” for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. Pope Francis calls the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path. This encyclical is written with both hope and resolve, looking to our common future with candor and humility.
- Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home
- Bulletin Insert | en Español
- Discussion Guide | en Español – This discussion guide, for use with Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’, can help small groups explore and dialogue with this important document.
- Archdiocese of Atlanta Laudato Si’ Action Plan – The “Laudato Si’ Action Plan,” authored by University of Georgia professors and staff, contains a variety of options for parishes and parishioners to help reverse the threat of global climate change and environmental degradation, and create a more sustainable world in harmony with God.
- Prayer to Care for Our Common Home (based on Laudato Si’)
The Green Mass
The annual Green Mass celebrates the commitment of those working and volunteering in agriculture and environmental sustainability across North Georgia. We join together to recognize that we are all connected in the protection of our planet and to answer Pope Francis’ call to “cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation.”