Initiatives

Care for our Common Home

Schools, social ministries, parishes and other ministries across the Province are engaging in caring for our common home in a number of ways.

Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si’ has challenged all people to do more to care for the environment on which we all depend for life.

The Society of Jesus in Australia has a long-standing commitment to care for creation. This is grounded in our spirituality that sees all of creation as a gift from and a place of encounter with God. Environmental sustainability also responds to the call to be wise stewards of God’s gifts and to ensure justice for the poor and for future generations.

On behalf of the Society of Jesus in Australia, Jesuit Provincials have committed to action through the Apostolic See’s Laudato si’ Action Platform, divest of fossil-fuel investments and offset the emissions of air travel.

Jesuit ministries are inspired to embed environmental sustainability in their normal activities by:

Representatives of Jesuit ministries meet together in The Care for our Common Home Committee to enhance their collaboration.

The ways in which this Committee fulfills this approach are:

  • Advising the Project Officer on Care for our Common Home resources for ministries;
  • As required, assisting any ministry develop and implement their Care for our Common Home Actions Plans and/or their annual report on their plan;
  • Compiling a whole of Society of Jesus in Australia Care for our Common Home annual report;
  • Organising Communities of Practice to share good practice regarding Care for Our Common Home (currently 3 communities: Schools, Parishes, and Spirituality ministries);
  • Holding six online meetings of the Committee each year;
  • Coordinating Multi-ministry Care for our Common Home projects; and
  • Networking with Jesuit and other Care for our Common Home groups.

Recent outcomes:

  • An annual report of Jesuit Ministries actions to Care for Our Common Home
  • The Laudato si’ Action Plan Framework to assist ministries plan, implement and report on their actions to embed care for our common home. It offers a holistic approach to sustainably engaging all within the ministry.
  • The Jesuit Ecological Impact tool available for any ministry wanting to calculate their ecological impact.
  • Sponsoring places for staff from Jesuit ministries in the Mercy Integral Ecology Fellowship
  • A project officer to assist our ecological conversion of the heart, a process seeking to move us from harmers to become healers of the earth.

Resources

Environment Week (Laudato Si Week) presentation

Laudato Si Fact Sheet

Laudato si’ Action Plan Framework

Planning template

FAQs

Jesuit Ecological Impact tool

Green tips for inclusion in bulletins/newsletters

Spirituality resources

Laudato si’ week 2024 bulletin notices

Laudato si’ week 2024 Creation Mass

 

For more information contact sue.martin@sjasl.org.au