Laudato Si’ 7-year plan from the Vatican

Written on: July 7, 2021

Written by Sister Eileen White, GNSH

The Vatican issued a public invitation to the universal church, on May 25, 2021, to join a seven year journey toward the integral ecology envisioned in Laudato Si’. This year marked the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical, which integrates care of the earth with attending to the needs of those made poor.

The Laudato Si’ Action Platform (LSAP), is a website dedicated to providing opportunities and encouragement for us to learn together as we all grow in greater love for God, our Creator, for one another, and for Earth, the home we all share.

The initiative emphasizes the importance of building on what communities are already doing. The seven year journey invites seven different institutions to work toward total sustainability, that is: families, dioceses, educational  institutions, hospitals/health care centers,  businesses/farms, organizations, and religious orders. That is where we Grey Nuns come in, as well as all the religious communities in the U.S. and throughout the world.

Sister Diane Bardol, our point person for GNSH involvement in this journey, will be updating us periodically and nudging us to participate as individuals and as a community. She is also involved with the leaders of religious communities in New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania who belong to LCWR Region 3.

Questions to ponder and discuss with others include:

  • What have we done and what are we doing as Grey Nuns to care for our common home?
  • Have I read Laudato Si’ and discussed it with others? If not, do I have access to a copy and will I read it? Click here for the .pdf you can print. (It will open in your browser.)
  • What might we as a congregation commit to doing over the next seven years that we could measure periodically to evaluate our progress?


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