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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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How DO You Dress for the Planet?

By Sister Beth Murphy, OP | May 10, 2022

This blog post from Grist, a climate justice news website, prompted reflection on how Springfield Dominican sisters and associates live their own commitments to simplicity and care for creation through the way they consume clothing. Convent “Swap Shops” For years now, it’s been the practice to have a “swap shop” at Sacred Heart Convent. This …

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What is Integral Ecology?

By Sister Sharon Zayac, OP | March 31, 2022

We offer you two videos for this month’s reflection. Essential to understanding the premise behind the global initiative of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform is the concept of Integral Ecology. It is not a new concept, but it is a new term for many. The first link is to a 5-minute video that shows clearly …

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The Feast of St. Bakhita: A day of prayer for an end to human trafficking around the world

By Website Administrator | February 8, 2022

The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the International Union of Superiors General has designated February 8 as an annual day of prayer and awareness against human trafficking.  On February 8, we celebrate the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita who was born in Darfur, Sudan in 1869 and ripped from her loving family at …

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Dominican Sisters of Springfield Make Urgent Call for Protection of Voting Rights

By Website Administrator | January 20, 2022

Dominican Sisters of Springfield Make Urgent CallFor Protection of Voting Rights The day after the U.S. Senate failed to pass voting rights legislation the Dominican Sisters of Springfield released the following statement calling for citizen engagement. Since the foundation of our democracy, excluded peoples have struggled to gain a right that was promised in the …

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National Human Trafficking Awareness Day: Analysis, Reflection, and Action

By Website Administrator | January 11, 2022

CORPORATE STANCE: OPPOSITION TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING Building on our Consistent Ethic of Life stance that “we reverence the sacredness of life and address injustice in a spirit of respect, compassion, and solidarity,” we Dominican Sisters of Springfield oppose the trafficking of human persons, especially that of women and children. We will continue to educate ourselves. …

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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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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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