A new leadership training course, the “Laudato Si’ Animators Program”, starts this week for Catholics who want to serve their communities according to the teachings of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si’.
“It would be a wonderful gift to our Diocese”, says Bishop Gary Gordon, if every parish and school could have one or more people participating. He describes the program as “a marvelous way for leaders and interested individuals to grow in our faith, which fundamentally includes integral human development and care for God’s earth.”
The course is free of charge and will be offered as a series of 1.5 hour webinars offered on Wednesdays from August 24 to October 12. People who are unable to attend the webinars live may also watch the recordings afterwards.
Focusing on the core concepts of Pope Francis encyclical Laudato Si’, the course will center on four modules to reflect on what is happening to our common home and what we can do to effect change. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from experts and leaders, develop their spirituality, and receive support for taking action in their local communities and inspire change.
Upon completion of the course, participants will be recognized as Laudato Si’ animators and receive an official certificate. For more information and to register, please visit https://laudatosianimators.thinkific.com/courses/summer2022
Participating in this course would be an excellent way to mark the Season of Creation, which runs every year from September 1, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, til October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. The Season is a worldwide ecumenical event, and a time to renew our relationship with our Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, commitment, advocacy and action. The theme for this year’s Season is “Listen to the Voice of Creation.”
More information and resources about the Season of Creation is available on the official website SeasonOfCreation.org, including videos, prayers, event listings, and a Celebration Guide with suggestions on how individuals and groups can mark the Season.
With the words of the 2022 Season of Creation Prayer, we pray:
Give us hearts to listen for the good news of your promise to renew the face of the Earth.
Enlighten us with the grace to follow the Way of Christ as we learn to walk lightly upon this holy ground.
Fill us with the hope to quench the fires of injustice with the light of your healing love that sustains our common home.
In the name of the One who came to proclaim good news to all creation, Jesus Christ,