Laudato si'

Clapham Community retreat in Birmingham
On the edge of Clapham Common, the Jesuit house there is now dedicated to welcoming young adults and helping them to engage in caring for our common home, following the teaching of Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si’. It is a fairly new project, since the house became available only last summer, and the community was completed only mid-September 2018 with the arrival of Ruth Holgate to join Fr Jim Conway SJ and Fr Dushan Croos SJ. It is like a germinating seed: at the moment it is only a...
Ecojesuit strongly supports the recent declaration of a climate emergency by Pope Francis and his appeals for urgent collaborative action to this global challenge, with hope and with care and where young people and businesses take leading roles along with greater political action.The message of Pope Francis is clear and direct. He expresses the urgency and depth of the problem facing humanity. “We do not have the luxury of waiting for others to step forward, or of prioritizing short-term...
Jesuit Missions will be joining the Climate Coalition and hundreds of other organisations and individuals as they come together on mass to speak up against climate change.We are running out of time to meet the 1.5C temperature increase agreed in Paris in 2015. Individuals are making a change, now we need the government to cooperate and commit to a net zero emissions target.“Climate Change is affecting people across the world,” says Paul Chitnis, Director of Jesuit Missions. “The increase in...
A group of inspiring and committed young adults came together last weekend to engage with themes in the Pope's letter calling on all of humanity to 'Care for our Common Home'. The retreat was facilitated by the new(ish) Laudato Si Community in Clapham, London, and held in the Jesuit Novitiate in Birmingham.The sunshine blazed brightly and spring was most definitely in the air, and plenty of the weekend was spent engaging directly with the beauty of creation - wandering around in the garden,...
Rhinoceros looks at bird
Rev Dr Martin Poulsom SDBTwenty first century developed economies too often view the natural world, God’s Creation, as neutral “stuff” which they are entitled to control for their own profit: cutting down rainforest, burning fossil fuels, endangering animal species, and denying human dignity. This mindset ignores the deep structure of nature: God’s presence in and love of Creation.The Jesuits in Britain propose a different way of relating to this God-given world, treating it with reverence,...
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. 

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