by Laudato Si’ Movement | May 12, 2022 | Blog, News and Updates | 0 comments
The following story was written by staff at Ascension Parish in Oak Park, Illinois, USA, as a testimony to their involvement with the Laudato Si’ Action Platform. The submission has been edited for brevity and clarity. Learn more about the Laudato Si’ Action Platform by joining Laudato Si’ Week, to take place from May 22-29.
Ascension Parish in Oak Park, Illinois, USA, is a vital Catholic church, school, and community, established in 1907. Ascension has a vibrant Creation Care Ministry created at the launch of Laudato Si’ in 2015.
It’s called HOME, Honoring Our Mother Earth, and the acronym connects to the subtitle of the encyclical, “Caring For Our Common Home.” We function under the umbrella of our long-standing and vibrant Peace and Justice Committee.
We are inspired by the comprehensiveness and integral ecology eloquence in Laudato Si’, and we feel the Holy Spirit at our backs. There was and is a great reception for it in our church and community. Environmental advocates and activists were waiting for an opportunity to do this faith-based work.
We yearn for parishioners to take more actions to remediate climate change, and we hope they hear the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor. Some Creation Care accomplishments of Ascension’s HOME team and other ministries since 2015:
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