Also check out our expansive pages for Laudato Si' work here.
Passion of the Earth | Wisdom of the Cross
A six part program designed for the Passionist Congregation
The materials for the new program, Passion of the Earth, Wisdom of the Cross have been released and are available on on the Congregation website. The Sessions will be released over the next year in English, Italian and Spanish. The website includes
To view a video of the launch gathering: click here to watch the whole event begins at 5:47; or click here to watch Fr. Joachim's opening remarks; or click here to watch Fr. Joe Mitchell's presentation.
Passionist Engaging Laudato Si' December 2021
This document is for those who are eager to learn more about the Passionist Congregational program being promoted by Fr. Joachim, Passion of the Earth, Wisdom of the Cross, as well as the Dicastery work on the Laudato Si’ Action Platform. It was prepared by the HCP Laudato Si’ Vision Fulfillment Team and the Passionist Solidarity Network.
Learning about the Laudato Si' Action Platform
This document is for those who are eager to learn more about the emerging Passionist Congregational program being promoted by Fr. Joachim, Passion of the Earth, Wisdom of the Cross, as well as the Dicastery work on the Laudato Si’ Action Platform.
We have created a much fuller list of resources that was selected especially for the Passionist Family. You can download it here. https://tinyurl.com/LSWebliography
December 2, 2021 Passionist Engaging Laudato Si' - Two-province commissioning and inspiring the work of the Laudato Si' Action Platform. The video is here 1'20" with indexed parts
I greet you all who are gathered by Zoom platform for this historic and collaborative effort. I am pleased to know of this joint venture as members of the one Passionist family in the United States. You are being proactive to personally and communally commit yourselves in making Laudato Si’ a reality, and in this way, you are taking up your responsibility in the call to integral ecology - a call inspired by the Holy Spirit and taken up by Pope Francis as a “sign of the times” to respond to and act in favour of the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.
On December 2, over 80 members of the Passionist Family registered for a special Zoom forum, Passionists' Engage Laudato Si'. The event was a joint gathering from St. Paul of the Cross & Holy Cross Provinces. Its purpose was to introduce and engage our personal and community commitment and responses to the interconnected Cry of Earth and Cry of the Poor in the 21st century.
Provincials, Fr. Joe Moons and Fr. Jim O'Shea began with their own strong encouragement and support for this critical "coming together" as we learned the basics of Laudato Si' and the goals of Action Platform following the leadership of the Congregation and the Catholic Church. We heard from Fr. Don Senior on how strongly rooted the work of integral ecology is with our charism and we were inspired from stories from throughout the province showing how folks are already making the goals of the Laudato Si' Laudato Si' Action Platform a reality. While there is certainly urgency to all this, the platform planning is intended to guide us intentionally over the next seven years. So we roll up our collective sleeves and start the journey one step at a time -- together.
Read Fr. Joachim Rego's letter of encouragement to the gathering
Watch the entire presentation on our YouTube Channel here.
Called “the coolest summer camp in Louisville,” Camp Odyssey immerses children entering grades 1-6 in the three main aspects of the Passionist Earth & Spirit Center mission: spiritual practice, compassion for others and connection to the Earth. As they explore the woodlands and meadows of our 27-acre campus and nature sanctuary, as they work and play with our artists, garden and environmental educators, chefs, yoga and meditation instructors, musicians and many others, kids come to understand how ecosystems work, where their food comes from, and how to be more mindful and compassionate toward themselves, their bodies, other people, and their surroundings. Truly ecological education.
This year the Earth & Spirit Center hosted over 131 campers and about 55 high school students doing their service hours. We were able to provide full scholarships to 25 campers, many from Backside Learning Center at Churchill Downs, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and Family Scholar House. The goal at camp is to bring children together across cultures and teach them to take better care of themselves, the planet and each other—Laudato Si’ in action.
To learn more about the Earth & Spirit Center and the programs they offer for children and adults, visit https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/.
As the United States, North America celebrated another Independence Day on July 4th it is understandable (and encouraged) to pause and ask more existential questions. Globally, what is "independence" and for whom and from what? And most broadly, can we also see ourselves as part of an "evolving Universe, where the Cosmos too, is our home" Mary Evelyn Tucker, scholar, friend of Passionist Thomas Berry and cofounder of the Yale Center of Religion and Ecology urges us to appreciate the bigger picture and the broadest sense of interdependence--one that Berry describes where "The universe is a communion of subjects, not a collection of objects."
Mary Evelyn has thoughts on another timely and related area: democracy. She says "the spiritual roots of democracy lie in the aspiration that we can move through this period to reassert interdependence and interconnection in ways that are both ancient and new, simultaneously ecologically and economically viable, and, most critical, politically and socially imperative."
We surely see this aspiration in Laudato Si' which calls for an integral ecology and "combines the 'cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor.' In this spirit, mutually enhancing human-Earth relations need to be based on environmental justice and social participation." This is a basis for an expanded spirit of democracy and interdependence.
Read more from Mary Evelyn Tucker
One of the seven goals of the Laudato Si' Action Platform is "ecological education." How can we teach about ecology and care of the Earth?
"Called "the coolest summer camp in Louisville," Camp Odyssey at the Passionist Earth and Spirit Center in Louisville, immerses children entering grades 1-6 in the three main aspects of the Earth & Spirit Center mission: spiritual practice, compassion for others, and connection to the Earth. As they explore the woodlands and meadows of our 27-acre nature sanctuary, work and play with our artists, garden and environmental educators, chefs, yoga and meditation instructors, and musicians, kids come to understand how ecosystems work, where their food comes from, and how to be more mindful and compassionate toward themselves, others, and their surroundings. "
Read more and explore Camp Odyssey