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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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Addressing the Devastation of Climate Change?

By Sister Beth Murphy, OP | September 21, 2022

The Dominican Sisters and Associates Have a Plan for that. The Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Ill., took Pope Francis up on his climate change challenge. They have just approved the first of a series of plans that they and their associates will put into action through 2023. The plan has three goals: Recognize and interrupt …

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150th Anniversary Prayers

By Website Administrator | September 20, 2022

Please join us in prayer! Each month, we’ll post a prayer written by our sisters for use on the 19th (Because it was August 19, 1873 when our mission For the Life of the World began in Jacksonville, Ill.) Each prayer focuses on a unique expression of our preaching ministry. You are invited to print …

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Jubilee Farm Honored
with Gold Level Award for Sustainability Leadership

By Website Administrator | September 12, 2022

Springfield, Ill.-For their leadership in integrating sustainable practices at Jubilee Farm, the Dominican Sisters were honored with a Gold Level certificate from Sustainable Springfield. This grass roots organization promotes and inspires sustainable solutions by local governments, the business community, and Springfield area citizens. Sister Rose Marie Riley, director of Jubilee Farm and Sister Sharon Zayac, …

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with Gold Level Award for Sustainability Leadership
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Celebrate the Season of Creation Sept 1-Oct 4

By Website Administrator | August 31, 2022

The Season of Creation is the annual Christian celebration to listen and respond together to the cry of Creation: the ecumenical family around the world unites to pray and protect our common home. The Season “Celebration” begins on 1 September, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, and ends on 4 October, …

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A Prayer for the Season of Creation 2022

By Website Administrator | August 31, 2022

Creator of All, From your communion of love your Word went forth to create a symphony of life that sings your praise. By your Holy Wisdom you made the Earth to bring forth a diversity of creatures who praise you in their being. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal …

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Climate Change Quiz: How Much Do You Know?

By Website Administrator | July 13, 2022

By Ryan Bacic and Aviva Loeb April 22, 2022 This article was originally published in the The Washington Post Climate change can feel confusing, big and scary. Trust us: We get it. Just take a deep breath, and let it back out again (it will be full of carbon dioxide, for the record). With this quiz, …

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How to Build a Greener Kitchen

By Website Administrator | June 20, 2022

This article was orginally published as part of the Ecokitchen series from The Washington Post. It was written by Priyanka Naik. I know this may come as a shock, but I spend most of my time in the kitchen. And I use a ton of appliances ― blenders, mixers, air fryers ― you name it, …

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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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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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