Laudato Si' Action Platform
In November 2022, the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi officially joined the Laudato Si’ Action Platform (LSAP), an initiative of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. Our Laudato Si' Reflection aligns with our Vision Statement discerned during the March 2023 Chapter of Affairs. To read the reflection, click here.
The Laudato Si’ Action Platform calls us to renew our congregational commitment to action in seven goal areas: https://laudatosiactionplatform.org/laudato-si-goals/
- The Cry of the Poor
- The Cry of the Earth
- Adoption of Sustainable Lifestyles
- Ecological Education
- Ecological Economics
- Ecological Spirituality
- Community Resilience and Empowerment
From August 1, 2023, through July 31, 2024, with the guidance of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform Committee, the congregation will pursue specific goals in each of the seven areas. Click here to view our year one goals.
What does Laudato Si' mean?
The title of Pope Francis’ letter on the environment is taken from the first line of the encyclical, "Laudato Si', mi Signore," or "Praise be to you, my Lord." In the words of this beautiful canticle, St. Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us.
The letter is addressed to "every person living on this planet" and calls for a global dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet through our daily actions and decisions.
The Letter: A Message for our Earth
"The Letter: A Message for Our Earth" is about Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical, "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home."
“The Letter” follows the story of five people, each representing groups often marginalized in international environmental deliberations, on their way to Rome for a meeting with the pope to discuss global threats of climate change and rapid biodiversity loss. Powerful footage shows drought and flooding in Senegal, Africa, and deforestation destroying Amazon habitats in Brazil. Computer mapping technology makes vivid the loss of biodiversity in the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii. All are called to action.