A 9- day Retreat for the 5th year Anniversary of Laudato Si’
The church is presently celebrating the 5th year anniversary of the writing of the second encyclical of Pope Francis entitled: Laudato Si’, on care for our common home.
Highlighting the commemoration was the, ‘Laudato Si’ Week’ with the theme: Everything is Connected. The ‘one week’ celebration is actually a 9 day affair that lasted from May 16 up to May 24, 2020.
The Capuchin Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Office took part in the celebration by providing a 9 day online retreat. For nine days, people were invited to find a quiet place in order to read and reflect on a series of articles regarding our interconnectedness with God, humanity and creation. It emphasizes on the dignity of humanity and creation as children of God. This interconnectedness is very much related to the Capuchin charism of Universal Brotherhood which inspires each Capuchin to constantly leave their comfort zones and reach out in solidarity with the suffering humanity and the suffering creation.
The 9 day retreat was also done in preparation for the ‘soon to be launched’ Capuchin GEM (Green Environment Movement). The Capuchin GEM will be a long-term commitment of the Capuchin JPIC Office in promoting the care of creation.
Br. Joel de Jesus, OFMCap
Office of the JPIC, Capuchins
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