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Laudato Si’ Dialogues Newsletter, Twenty-first Issue, May 2024

First, let us join the mighty river by transforming our hearts. This is essential for any other transformation to occur; that “ecological conversion” which [is] the renewal of our relationship with creation.
(Message of His Holiness Pope Francis, for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, September 1, 2023)

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The Story: Mayra’s Thesis

In a zoom conversation with Mayra, I was captivated by her deep, loving spirituality. And her love of all creation, especially for humanity as we struggle with the inner and outer challenges of our times, permeates her work and the teaching tool she devised to accompany mothers in eco-conversion.

In October 2023, Mayra Cordero submitted a Major Research Project for a Master’s in Environment and Management for Royal Roads University, University of Victoria, BC. The Eco-Spirituality Empowerment: Program to Nurture Environmental Leadership Among Catholic Mothers is the result of her study.

In the Abstract Marya Cordero states; “By combining human formation with spiritual formation, this training program’s mission is to ignite a consistent ecological conversion. … The potential positive impact of the research is that the Eco-Spirituality Empowerment (ESE) Program will improve participants’ spiritual, mental, physical, economic, and environmental well-being, creating ripple effects [that] could naturally lead to a path for ecological conversion.”

Mayra proposes that “mothers are called to become self-gifted, but to get there, they must undergo self-awareness and self-possession, as St. John Paul II invited us.” This is true for many of us. She recognizes that “the better I am within myself and with my Creator, the better I can care for others and the environment.” This concept is woven into her program. Informed by research into practices of emotional and spiritual growth, and the experience of facilitating more than 800 environmental sustainability workshops in El Paso, Texas, Cordero presents a “blueprint for Catholic mothers to follow so they can consciously and actively love God, themselves, others, and our Common Home.” Her program is also designed to nurture the seeds of leadership in her participants.

Weekly modules guide participants through practices that build self esteem and empowerment, practices that assist with goal setting, and educational packages that enhance an understanding of the interconnectedness of the global climate crisis with all other life. Cordero introduces new “Rs” to those we traditionally think of as the basis for maintaining sustainable lifestyles. She guides participants through thought processes to Recharge, Redefine, Reprogram, Revalue and Rediscover. These are then interwoven with beautiful prayers and practical tools to create new habits.

Gentleness and affirmation are combined to help participants discover their own talents and potential leadership roles. They are encouraged to grow into their own transformation and become a guide in ecological conversion for their families and communities.

Way-of-Francis.png If you are a mother, and this program calls to your heart, you are invited to fill out this form and Mayra will respond to you. You can also reach her via email at [email protected].

Congratulations Mayra Cordero on an amazing project!

Insightful and creative people like Mayra are plentiful in our growing. God bless each of you with boundless energy, tenacity and tenderness.

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Coordinator

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Celebrations

 

  • A private doner has renewed an annual $250.00 contribution through the Faith & the Common Good Canada Helps donation page, and monthly donations of $10 continue to arrive. Thank you for your wonderful support.
  • A working collaboration begins between the Office of Religious Communities for Integral Ecology (ORCIE) and MLSM Canada to expand engagement with the Catholic Eco-Investment Accelerator Project. You can participate by writing a letter to your Bishop (see more information below).
  • A Laudato Si’ Circle has formed at the University of St. Michael’s College through the Campus Ministry office. Fun and engaging events have included contemplative nature walks, group reading and discussion of Laudate Deum, a screening of The Letter, a sustainable cooking class and communal meal. If you are a member of the University of St. Michael’s College community, and would like to join, please contact contact Rosemary Boissonneau, [email protected] with the Critical Conversations in Catholic Education team, or Nicole Ferrante, [email protected] at Campus Ministry.

News / Actions / Resources

 

1. Letter writing Campaign to Canadian Bishops

MLSM Canada encourages all our followers, Laudato Si’ Animators, Laudato Si’ Circle members and those of faithful heart concerned about the common good, to write a letter of invitation to your Bishop. Our letters are focused on three primary objectives; inviting a conversation with bishops regarding our concern for the environmental crisis, sharing the Catholic Eco-Investment Accelerator Project and Toolkit as a helpful resource, and suggesting the bishop make a prophetic commitment to remove fossil fuel industry financial assets from his personal pension plan and/or diocesan financial assets.

Here are the steps to participate in this campaign:

  • View our Draft Letter to Bishops and the supporting resource materials.
  • Edit the letter to correspond with your diocese and relationship with your bishop.
  • Mail or email your letter by the end of June 2024.
  • Email Agnes, [email protected] and let her know you have sent a letter.
  • Follow up with another note to Agnes if you receive a response from your bishop or a member of his staff.

MLSM Canada will be tracking how many letters are sent to Canadian bishops. 

Every bishop should decarbonize his diocese — and other Catholics can help! was the presentation topic of Dr. Dan DiLeo in an April 24th webinar hosted by the Catholic Action Team of Citizens’ Climate Lobby and several eco-justice Catholic organizations in the United States. You can watch the full webinar here, and read the compelling EarthBeat article of the same name that triggered the conversation.  The ideas expressed here provide a context for our letter writing efforts.

Need help? Reach out to Agnes.

2. Laudato Si’ local and regional Encounters

ENCOUNTERS are the Laudato Si Movement’s invitation to meet, pray and reflect on the work we do. We are called to dialogue with our peers on what it means to be part of our international movement, and to share with each other our dreams for the future.  All of us, in ENCOUNTER with and through the Holy Spirit, can contribute to important conversations in 2025 which will define our collective path forward.

Laudato Si’ Circle leaders and Laudato Si’ Animators, working in community with others, can lead an ENCOUNTER using the helpful guides available on the LSM website, search “On-the-Synodal-Road-to-2025” and scroll down to “Explore our guidelines for Encounters”.

Begin with the suggested format to plan a Local Encounter. Find the reflection questions to and share with your group. Prepare a report using the categories in the report back form to complete the process. This note taking document may be a helpful tool for your Encounter facilitator to collect and categorize responses.

Please complete your Local Encounter and Report Back by the end of June.

3. MLSM Canada National Gathering 2024

Mark your calendars: Wednesday, September 25th 2024

Watch for an invitation to register in the coming weeks. This promises to be an exciting, virtual event where we celebrate the achievements of Laudato Si’ Animators, Laudato Si’ Circles and others working to bring integral ecology to the forefront in communities of faith across Canada. This year’s National Gathering will include a National Laudato Si’ Encounter withing the program.

4. Save the date for Catholic and Indigenous Ecosystems: A Path to Reconciliation

A webinar offered by Concerned Lay Catholics in cooperation with MLSM Canada.

Saturday, September 14, from 2-4pm (EDT)

The webinar will coincide with the Season of Creation and National Truth and Reconciliation Day. We will explore with four esteemed Catholic and Indigenous panelists the intersections where spiritualities converge and have the potential to create pathways for re-conciliation and care for creation. Watch for an invitation to register in the weeks to come.

5. Space is still available for the Care for Our Common Home Retreat / Workshop

June 21-23, 2024, from Friday evening dinner until after lunch, Sunday afternoon Jericho House, Port Colbourn. Our focus this year will be Laudato Si’ Action Platform goal of an Ecological based Economy. For information and to register, contact Br. Bill Carrothers, cfc or Sr. Jacquie Keefe, cssf at [email protected]. Please register by June 14, 2024. We look forward to having you join us.

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6. The Care for Creation Ministry for the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall invites in-person participation in An Afternoon Retreat and Reflection Outdoors

Sunday June 2nd:

1:00 pm to 4:30 pm (followed by Sunday mass)

Saint-Sebastien Parish, 1000 Frances St. Ottawa. ON K1K 3L5   

  Mgr. Yvan Mathieu will lead a reflection to inspire and enlighten us based on biblical texts. A reflection outdoors will follow weather permitting. You may bring a lawn chair. Activities and conversations will provide training, advice, strategies and resources to help us work together towards Caring for Creation.  (In French & English)

7. Heat Pumps for All is a national campaign of 350.org Canada.

The campaign has a practical suggestion for helping individuals manage health, and energy costs associated with climate change in our homes. 350.org Canada invite everyone to contact Members of Parliament, asking them to champion a Universal Heat Pump Program, overseen by a new publicly-owned entity that produces, distributes, and installs heat pumps in homes across the country. If enacted this program would save lives, cut our bills, and protect the planet. For more information, and to participate in the campaign click here.

8. Season of Creation 2024 / Temps pour la Création 2024

Hope is an instrument enabling us to overcome the natural law of decay. Hope is given to us by God as a protection and guard against futility. Only through hope we may realize the gift of freedom in fullness. Firstfruits-Hope.png

Action is the first fruits of hope. The official Season of Creation Celebration Guide will be available on this website in June.

L’espérance est un instrument nous permettant de dépasser la loi naturelle du déclin, de la décomposition. L’espérance nous est donnée par Dieu comme protection contre la futilité. C’est seulement grâce à l’espérance que nous pouvons réaliser en plénitude le don de la liberté.Premices-Lesperance.png

L’action est le premier fruit de l’espérance. Le guide officiel de la célébration de la Saison de la création sera disponible sur le site web en juin.

9. Job Call from Le Centre Oblat / Appel à candidature du Centre Oblat

OMI Lacombe Canada, Assumption and Notre Dame du Cap Provinces of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate are hiring for the position of Executive Director of Le Centre Oblat. View the job posting here.

Les Provinces OMI Lacombe Canada, Assomption et Notre Dame du Cap des oblats de Marie Immaculée embauchent pour le poste de Directeur général du Centre Oblat. Consultez l’offre d’emploi ici.

10. Saint Paul University in Ottawa launched its new School of Leadership, Ecology and Equity, on March 22nd, 2024.

 Applications are open now to begin a Masters degree in September in English or French. “At the heart of the new school lies a commitment to nurturing inter-disciplinary perspectives and empowering individuals to enact meaningful change within their communities. Through its innovative curriculum, experiential learning opportunities, and research initiatives, the School aims to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and ethical frameworks necessary to navigate the complexities of social inequalities and ecological challenges.”

These graduate programs are offered in their first cohort, a Graduate Degree in Equity, Diversity an Inclusion, and a Masters Degree in Leadership, Ecology and Equity.

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Le vendredi 22 mars, la communauté de l’Université Saint-Paul s’est réunie pour célébrer le lancement de la nouvelle École de leadership, écologie et équité. Les candidatures sont ouvertes dès maintenant pour commencer un master en septembre en anglais ou en français. “Faisant de l’interdisciplinarité un engagement fondamental, cette École vise à donner aux individus les moyens d’opérer des changements significatifs au sein de leurs communautés. Grâce à ses programmes d’études novateurs, à ses possibilités d’apprentissage pratique et à ses divers projets de recherche, l’École vise à doter les étudiantes et les étudiants de connaissances, de compétences et de repères éthiques nécessaires pour faire face à la complexité des inégalités sociales et des défis écologiques.”

L’École propose deux programmes d’études supérieures qui sont disponibles en français et en anglais. Il s’agit du diplôme d’études supérieures en équité, diversité et inclusion et de la maîtrise en leadership, écologie et équité. Les admissions pour les cohortes qui débuteront en septembre sont actuellement en cours.

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