Resources for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
Aug. 27, 2015 – Pope Francis has declared Sept. 1 the annual World
Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. In his recent encyclical Laudato Si, Pope
Francis delivered a call to action for people to be part of the solution to climate change. World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation will
be an opportunity for individual believers and communities to thank God for the
wonderful handiwork entrusted to our care, to ask for God's help to protection
creation and God's pardon for the harm committed against the world in which we
Below are resources for individuals interested in getting
Santa Clara Laudato Si Teaching Module- Santa Clara has made available for free online a teaching module designed to help an instructor integrate the encyclical into a variety of classes. The module was developed for college students but is adaptable for high school students.
Iustitiae 106:Healing a
Broken World: Developed through a task force at the appeal of Jesuit Father
Nicolás, SJ,Healing a Broken World suggests many different commitments and initiatives that
can be undertaken at different levels of the Society of Jesus: Conferences,
Provinces, communities and works. It is a sincere invitation to make ecology a
topic and reason for discernment. Communities are encouraged to review
Suggestions for action developed by the task force.
Promotio Iustitiae 111: A
Spirituality that Reconciles us with Creation: Released in 2013, this
series of reflections from Jesuits across the world examines feelings of
gratitude to the Creator for the whole natural world and all the beings that
dwell in it and finding the inspiration we need to develop new and better ways
of relating to the world.
Earth Healing: Founded by Fr. Al
Fritsch, SJ, Earth Healing is a virtual home for spiritual reflections on God's
Ecojesuit: Connecting Jesuits, people, and
ecology online to promote greater awareness and responsibility to engage in
meaningful ecology issues of our time.
Confront Global Poverty- A joint program of the USCCB and CRS, Catholics
Confront Global Poverty have had regular action alerts on environmental justice
issues since the release of Laudato Si, the most recent calling on Congress to
fully fund the Green Climate Investment Fund.
Catholic Climate Covenant-
CCC’s overhauled website has an excellent advocacy action alert center, as well
as the opportunity to get support helping institutions move toward
Use the Pope’s
visit to the U.S. to Call on Congress to Care for Creation- On Sept. 24, the Pope will address a joint session
of Congress for the first time in our nation’s history. Use this historic moment to amplify the
Pope’s call to address environmental injustice. Immediately following his
address to Congress, organize a call-in campaign to your members of Congress.
Organize a letter writing campaign during the month of October. Schedule a
meeting at the district office of your legislators in November in solidarity
with more than 1,000 Ignatian advocates visiting legislators on Capitol Hill as
part of the Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice.
Oct. 25, 2016 - On Oct. 22 and 23, 13 Jesuit parishes in the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces participated in Jesuit Friends and Alumni Sunday by celebrating special Masses for over 450 Jesuit educated graduates and friends of the Society.
Oct. 19, 2016 - Fr. Paul A. Messer, SJ, was called to eternal life on Oct. 18, 2016. Fr. Messer was born on Jan. 16, 1936, in Dorchester, Mass., and entered the Society of Jesus on July 30, 1954. He was ordained priest on June 10, 1967, and pronounced Final Vows on Sept. 21, 1985, at St. Mary’s Chapel, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Oct. 18, 2016 - On June 11, 2016, Jesuits Christopher Ryan and Kevin Spinale were ordained priests at the Fordham University Church. Recently, they shared reflections about their post-ordination assignments through which they have been able to use pastoral skills cultivated over years of formation and apply them to serving the respective parishioners.
Oct. 18, 2016 - For the past four years, Renee Owens has served as the director of Loyola Jesuit Center in Morristown, N.J. In a time where new technology keeps people distracted, Renee works to help create a warm and inviting atmosphere where retreatants can disconnect from everyday life and spend more time connecting with God.
Oct. 11, 2016 - In his most recent video, Pope Francis presents the question, “How can media be put to the service of a culture of encounter?" Pope Francis talks about how media can help us grow closer and better work together. “We need information leading to commitment for the good of humanity and the planet,” said Pope Francis.