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.