The Franciscan Order is offering an online courses on the encyclical Laudato Si’ under the theme of “integral ecology”.

Each course consists of ten lessons spread over ten weeks so that participants can arrange their time and take a lesson within the space of one week.

At the end of the course, the participants must write an article according to the indications of each teacher.

A certificate of participation will be given to those who complete the ten lessons plus the delivery of the final article.

The course is free of charge upon registration.

The English Course starts in early September.

Please contact Friar Joe McKay if you are interested:

“An Urgent Call”

On 14th May, Pope Francis inaugurated Laudato Si’ Week at the Vatican commemorating the fifth anniversary of the publication of his encyclical. He also opened an entire year of activities dedicated to implementing Laudato Si’, ending May 2021.

The Pope said the coronavirus has highlighted the importance of caring for our common home, and hoped that reflections surrounding the Laudato Si’ anniversary will “help to create and strengthen constructive attitudes for the care of creation.”

Events will take place throughout the year, including a month-long Season of Creation, which begins on 1st September, the World Day of Prayer for Creation, and ends on 4th October, the feast day of St Francis.

With the theme Jubilee for the Earth, the event is aimed at helping communities to repair relationships with each other and with creation through a series of events organised at a local level throughout the world.

Pope Francis asked, “What kind of world do we want to leave to those who will come after us, to the children who are growing up?” He reiterated his “urgent call to respond to the ecological crisis. The cry of the earth and the cry of the poor cannot continue. Let’s take care of creation, a gift of our good Creator God.”

As many countries begin to envision what a post-Covid world will look like, the encyclical can provide “the moral and spiritual compass for the journey to create a more caring, fraternal, peaceful and sustainable world. It should not be a case of rushing back to what was accepted as normal.”