Laudato si'

St Mary’s Hall
During this Season of Creation which Pope Francis has called from the 1st September (World day of prayer for Creation) to the 4th October, some of our Jesuit schools across the UK have been looking at different ways in which they can 'Care for Creation', as expressed in Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si.On Friday 14th September, St Mary’s Hall welcomed Mr. Robert Turner who has worked with the Global Catholic Climate Movement who spoke in assembly about a Waste Recycling Awareness Project for...
A group of parishioners from St Wilfrid’s in Preston braved the very wet weather last Sunday to pray and reflect on God’s Creation. The initiative was organised as part of a series of events, called 'Live Simply', linked to Pope Francis’s Laudato Si and our mission to care for our common home.The Creation Walk was arranged to fall in with the Season of Creation – from 1 September to 4 October – and the parish is aiming to celebrate a mass as it did  last year, later next month.Joseph...
Charles Waterton’s natural history specimens. Copyright: Stonyhurst College Collections
Last week’s edition of The Universe contains an article by Fr Damian Howard SJ, Provincial of the Jesuits in Britain, about a collection of preserved animals brought together by Charles Waterton, an alumnus of Stonyhurst College.In the first half of the 19th century, Waterton made several trips to British Guiana (now Guyana), building an impressive collection of specimens, many of which can still be seen in the recently renovated museum of the College.On his return to Britain from his last...
For more than 150 years British Jesuits have travelled to Barmouth on the Welsh coast for rest and recreation, often walking or sailing up the Mawddach estuary to the inn at Penmaen Pool. One of the most famous of these men, the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, wrote a poem for the visitors’ book there in 1876.In keeping with tradition, the eleven British Jesuits between First Vows and ordination, and their three counterparts from the Low Countries, spent the final evening of a recent visit to...
Michael Holman
This year’s annual Digby Stuart lecture at Roehampton University will be given by Fr Michael Holman SJ Pope Francis, Laudato Si and the Ecological Conversion of Catholic Education How Catholic schools in particular should respond to the challenge to us all which the Pope presented in Laudato Si.This event will take place in Digby Stuart Chapel.Doors open at 5:30pm with the lecture beginning at 6pm, followed by a drinks reception.This is free to attend and open to everyone. 
Fr Eamonn Mulchay, a Spiritan Missionary based at St. Anne’s church in Manchester, has delivered a talk at St Wilfrid’s RC Church in Preston on Monday 14th May, as part of the parish’s commitment to Live Simply.Fr Eamonn gave a brief overview of the background to the writing of Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato si', released three years ago on Pentecost Sunday, putting it into the context of the social teaching of the Catholic church dating back to Pope Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum encyclical in...
New Creation, an Easter retreat
For the first time the Jesuits in Britain are offering an online audio retreat with a difference, for Eastertide.“Walking with the Risen Christ – New Creation Retreat”, which offers daily scripture, reflections and music, is available to everyone on the Pathways to God website.  But alongside the online retreat material available to all, there is a programme designed for a group of thirty or so young adults who will meet face to face and share reflection in a “chat room” style online...
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‘In today’s world, hunger, violence and poverty cannot be understood apart from the changes and degradation affecting the environment.’ Pope Francis’ recognition of this led him to introduce an eighth work of mercy in 2016: ‘care for our common home’. Anna Rowlands and Robert Czerny survey the long and living tradition in which this new work of mercy stands. In his message for the 2016 World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, Show Mercy to our Common Home, Pope Francis surprised many...
From 6th to 17th November, over 30 Jesuits and partners will hold events during the United Nations COP23 climate change conference in Bonn, Germany.Taking place during the UN talks, the main Ecojesuit event will be a dialogue conference on 13 November entitled “Laudato Si’ – Environment is Relationship” hosted by the Aloisiuskolleg, a well-known Jesuit school in Bonn.Ecojesuit is a global network of Jesuits and partners collaborating with others in research, education and advocacy to promote...
Trees For Life group, out in the hills
Peter Randall SJ (member of the parish team at St Wilfrid’s Preston), along with a group of nine others, recently participated in a tree planting initiative with Trees For Life at Invermoriston on the west coast of Loch Ness in Scotland.In efforts to bring into fruition Pope Francis’ instructions in his encyclical Laudato Si’, Jesuits across the UK have come up with ways to be greener. Pope Francis sees climate change as a threat to humanity and creation.In a bid to get the Caledonian...

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