September 1 Marks World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
1, 2017 — Two years ago, Pope Francis declared Catholics would join their
Orthodox brothers and sisters and other Christians to formally mark September 1
as the annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.
Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople released
a joint environmental statement today for the World Day of Prayer for Creation.
urgent call and challenge to care for creation are an invitation for all of
humanity to work towards sustainable and integral development," the
statement said. “We no longer respect nature as a shared gift; instead, we
regard it as a private possession. We no longer associate with nature in order
to sustain it; instead, we lord over it to support our own constructs."
by the Orthodox Church in 1989, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of
Creation now marks the beginning of the monthlong Season of Creation ending on the feast of St. Francis of Assisi on October 4, a
campaign facilitated by the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network and the Global
Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM).
Season of Creation and other efforts are part of the response to Pope Francis’
2015 environmental encyclical Laudato Si', in which he delivered a call to action
for people to be part of the solution to climate change.
pope referenced the occasion in his August prayer intention video, praying that
“artists of our time, through their ingenuity, may help everyone discover the
beauty of creation.”
year, the GCCM invites us all to become “artists” and participate in the #BeautyOfCreation social media campaign by taking photos or videos of places in
nature where they appreciate the beauty of creation and adding the hashtag
us look closely at how our life choices impact creation and the poor and
vulnerable at home and around the world. Let us hold in our hearts and pray for
all the people and families suffering from the impacts of Hurricane Harvey and
pray for their protection and safe recovery.”
are further resources for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.
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 who dwell in it.
online environmental science textbook: Healing Earth, a free
online environmental textbook created by the International Jesuit Ecology Project was launched in 2016 for higher education and secondary schools around the world. It addresses the major ecological challenges of our time, including climate change, from an integrated scientific, spiritual and ethical perspective.
Clara University Laudato Si' Teaching Module: Santa Clara University offers
a free online 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.
Catholic Climate Movement Season of Creation: The Season of Creation,
running between September 1 and October 4, is a time when 2.2 billion
Christians are invited to pray and care for creation. The website has ways to
get involved with a prayer service and ideas for caring for the environment.
Iustitiae 106: Healing a Broken World: Developed through a task force
at the appeal of Jesuit Father General Adolfo Nicolás, 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.
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 website has an excellent advocacy action alert center, as well as the
opportunity to get support to help institutions move toward environmental
March 6, 2018 - Fr. James W. O’Neil, SJ, was called to eternal life at the age of 96 on March, 3 2018. Fr. O’Neil was born on April 12, 1921, and entered the Society of Jesus on Dec. 2, 1947. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 15, 1957, and pronounced his Final Vows on June 2, 1989. He was the oldest member of the province.
March 5, 2018 - In his March prayer video, Pope Francis spoke on his intention of spiritual discernment. “Every Christian ought to grow in the ability to ‘read within’ his or her life, and to understand where and to what he or she is being called by the Lord, in order to carry on his mission,” said Pope Francis.
Feb. 28, 2018 - Fr. Donald J. Keefe, SJ, was called to eternal life on Feb. 27, 2018, at Murray-Weigel Hall, Bronx, N.Y. He was born on July 14, 1924, entered the Society of Jesus at St. Andrew-on-Hudson, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on Sept. 7, 1953, and was ordained on June 20, 1962, at Canisius College, Buffalo, N.Y. He pronounced his final vows on Feb. 2, 1971.