Laudato Si Events

The Vatican is hosting a number of online retreats and conferences during Laudato Si Week, with at least one event available every day between May 16 and 24. Click here to see the full calendar of online events and registration information.

Live Bishops’ Roundtable to Celebrate Laudato Si’

Wednesday, May 20, 2:00 p.m.

As part of their Laudato Si’ Week activities, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is hosting a Laudato Si’ Week Bishops’ Roundtable Conversation. Marianne Comfort, justice coordinator for the Sisters of Mercy and member of the Covenant’s Steering Committee, will facilitate a dialogue between Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Bishop Robert Barron, and Bishop Robert W. McElroy.

No registration required. Visit usccb.org/environment on May 20 to participate. The live video feed will appear on the top of the webpage on May 20.

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Laudato Si’ Week

Pope Francis invites us to celebrate Laudato Si’ Week 2020 from May 16-24, a nine-day global campaign celebrating the theme: “Everything is Connected.” We are in a moment of crisis in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. As new economies and new ways of caring for the most vulnerable—including our planet—arise, we have a critical opportunity to come together to ensure the new way of life is better than what came before. Laudato Si’ teaches us how to create a more just and sustainable world together.

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The Laudato Si Green Mass

To coincide with this global observance of Laudato Si’ Week, the Archdiocese of Atlanta’s Laudato Si’ Green Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 20, at 12:00 p.m. It will be livestreamed online from the St. Dominic Chapel at the Chancery. Archbishop Gregory Hartmayer, OFM Conv. will serve as the principal celebrant.

All are welcome to participate virtually at http://www.livestream.com/archatl.

In addition to the Archdiocesan virtual Green Mass, we are encouraging all parishes to identify one of their own virtual Masses as a Green Mass, celebrating all those in their parish who work in green jobs, care for the environment, support sustainability and answer the call as Catholics to live as good stewards of our planet.

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World Day of Prayer for the 5th Anniversary of Laudato Si’

The global Church has been invited to participate in a world day of solidarity and prayer on Sunday, May 24, at 12:00 p.m. (local time). Our Atlanta bishops will join together to lead this prayer in a video that will be made available here and through our various digital communications platforms.

We also encourage any parishes with the technical capabilities to do so to host an online prayer service.

The Common Prayer for the Fifth Anniversary of Laudato Si’ as well as more suggestions for prayer services and other activities for Laudato Si’ Week may be found at http://www.laudatosiweek.org.

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.

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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.

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

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.

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