Renewing the face of the earth

Bishop Alan gathered participants from parishes across the diocese at the Cathedral on Friday 30 June 2017 for a day, exploring and responding to the teachings of Pope Francis on the care of our common home.

The Holy Father wrote his encyclical two years ago: Laudato Si’, and introducing our day of formation, Bishop Alan described it as a seminal teaching of the faith, providing the theological justification for our care of God’s creation – our life on Earth.

Priests, Deacons, and parish delegates, including many CAFOD volunteers gathered in response to Bishop Alan’s call, representing half the parishes of the diocese.

Listening to Father Augusto explain the deep theology of Laudato Si’

CAFOD’s Dr Susy Brouard was our facilitator for the day, and we were most fortunate to be led by Father Augusto Zampini-Davies in his last public engagement before moving to Rome to continue his work, leading a department in the Vatican.

The event gave us a rich mix of spiritual and theological food for our contemplation. These two presentations convey a little of what was shared with us by Susy and Augusto.

Susy’s presentation featuring prayers sharing the spirituality of Laudato Si’

Augusto’s presentation sharing an exegesis of the theology of Laudato Si’

Through the day, we were invited to engage in the rich feast served up for us, writing prayers and sharing proposals for how we may respond to this call of eco-conversion.

Participants, please help us share your prayers and proposals completing this simple survey, entering the work that you did with us on the day.

Some responses were shared on the day, through creative use of our tablecloths:

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> The litany that we said together in our opening prayer may be viewed here.

> We drew upon work gathered by the Justice and Peace Commission, which gave us Suggestions for an Environmental Plan which you may also view and download.



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