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What is the Laudato Si' Action Platform?

The Laudato Si’ Action Platform is the global Catholic Church’s response to the climate crisis.

Under the leadership of Sister Sharon Zayac and a coordinating committee, Springfield Dominican Sisters and Associates will oversee the congregation’s participation in this urgent response.

We will work toward all seven areas of concern as outlined in the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si': (1) responding to the cry of the Earth, (2) responding to the cry of the poor, (3) ecological economics, (4) adoption of sustainable lifestyles, (5) ecological education, (6) ecological spirituality, and (7) community action.

Join us as we take part in this ground-up approach, empowering all people to take “decisive action, here and now” as we journey towards a better future together. (LS 161)

Our Common Home: A Discussion on the Laudato Si’ Action Platform
Episode Fourteen of F.L.O.W.cast

For decades the Dominican Sisters of Springfield have understood, preached, taught and begun to adapt their lives in response to the ecological crisis facing Earth. Now they and hundreds of other congregations of Catholic Sisters around the globe are responding to the cry of Earth and the cry of the poor by joining Pope Francis in a seven-year journey toward sustainable living. Host Jeremiah Washington talks with Sister Marcelline Koch and Sister Elyse Ramirez, who are on the implementation team for the sisters’ response to the Vatican’s Laudato Si’ Action Platform, an initiative to change the way we think and act in relationship with one another and our fragile Earth.

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Lakota Wisdom: An Interview with Elizabeth Garnier-Little

By Website Administrator | November 29, 2021

Elizabeth Garnier-Little, right, with her sister Wanda Garnier and Sister Barbara Ann Bogenschutz, OP, at Our Lady of the Sioux Parish, Oglala, S.D., in 2017. Elizabeth Garnier-Little is an 80 years-wise Lakota woman born and raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in Oglala, South Dakota. A teacher of all grades K-12 for 52 years, …

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Holy Listening, Sacred Compassion: Paths to a Healing Communion

By Sister Barbara Blesse, OP | November 16, 2021

The seemingly unending pandemic, climate change, natural disasters, discrimination, inequality, injustices, and violence of every kind-all the “-isms” we can think of (racism, ageism, sexism, etc.), ideological, political, and religious conflicts-impact and shape our lives in ways we might never imagine. They can spawn deep-seated, contagious anger, embed themselves in the lives of family, friends, …

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The Dominican Family in Myanmar Needs Your Help

By Sister Beth Murphy, OP | November 12, 2021

Our Dominican Family in Myanmar needs your prayer and action today. Since the military coup there on February 1 the country has been in chaos, with a brutal crackdown on dissent and attempts to silence the country’s media. On Nov. 11 the United Nations Security Council issued a rare, unanimous call for an immediate end …

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Indigenous Peoples Day 2021: The Both/And of Truth

By Website Administrator | October 11, 2021

Confused about which Federal holiday we are observing today? You are forgiven. The answer is that we are observing two Federal holidays October 11, 2021: The first-ever Federally recognized Indigenous Peoples’ Day AND the seemingly forever-observance of Columbus Day. On Friday last week President Joseph Biden issued the first-ever presidential proclamation of Indigenous Peoples’ Day AND …

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Sister Samuella’s 25 Tips to Living a Simple Lifestyle

By Website Administrator | September 17, 2021

This post was originally drafted in October of 2018 but somehow never got published. Check out the list below from Sister Samuella on how to live a simple, clean lifestyle. Seems like she may have had a peek into the future with her ideas on using more video conferencing and making sure to always support …

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Call & Response: The Ecological Crisis and Changing Your Heart

By Sister Sharon Zayac, OP | September 14, 2021

Call by Tommy Walsh In recent years, debate over the environment has become a major factor in modern society. Between environmental recovery plans and seemingly never-ending arguments over climate change, some Americans have taken steps to do their part in the fight to save our planet and its resources. However, many citizens have simply continued …

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Life at the Border: Simple Toys, New Shoes, and Solidarity

By Sister Judine Hilbing | September 7, 2021

Disturbing images of children at the border were flooding the daily news. During the height of the immigration crisis, an invitation went out for volunteers to minister to those arriving in Texas to be processed through Catholic Charities of Laredo. In collaboration with a larger initiative of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), the …

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Celebrate the Season of Creation with the Springfield Dominican Sisters

By Website Administrator | August 31, 2021

The Season of Creation is a time to renew our relationship with our Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment. During the Season of Creation, we join our sisters and brothers in the ecumenical family in prayer and action for our common home. What is Oikos? Watch this 60-second video for a quick …

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Do Not Wait: How to Begin Saving the Planet Today

By Sister Beth Murphy, OP | August 24, 2021

“Responding to the global climate crisis requires everyone’s action and we can’t wait a minute longer to begin.” Sister Sharon Zayac This was the message 100 Dominican sisters and associates from across the U.S. heard from Springfield Dominican Sister Sharon Zayac during the annual associates’ and sisters’ reflection day hosted each August by the Springfield …

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How to Handle “the Twisties”: A Master Class from Simone Biles

By Sister Beth Murphy, OP | August 3, 2021

The twisties-getting lost and not knowing where you are in time and space-pretty much defines what life looks like right now for most of the world. – Sister Beth Murphy, OP A recent Washington Post article defines “the twisties” as “The sudden inability for a gymnast to make the requisite spins-or sometimes any spins-for a …

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Laudato Si' Action Platform Resources

When we find articles, websites, videos or webinars we think you'll want to know about, we'll put them here. In the meantime, you can't beat these websites for access to great resources you can start exploring today.

Websites

https://laudatosiactionplatform.org/ - Official Vatican Website

https://laudatosimovement.org - Global Catholic organization focusing on care for Earth and ecological justice

https://catholicclimatecovenant.org/resources - USCCB website with a great searchable directory of resources for everyone

https://www.ipjc.org/climate-change-resources - Catholic Climate Covenant helps US Catholics respond to the Church's call to care for creation and care for the poor

https://grist.org/ - Independent, nonprofit source for news about climate solutions

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