Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical Laudato Si’ has challenged all Catholic communities to do more to care for the environment on which we all depend for life.
In June 2017, the Australian Jesuit Provincial Fr Brian McCoy SJ announced that the Province would begin to move towards divestment in fossil fuels, and to commit to offsetting greenhouse gas emissions from air travel. The carbon offset scheme we are contributing to is Flights for Forests, a Jesuit-run initiative which supports forestry programs across the Asia-Pacific region.
The Asia Pacific Jesuit Conference has made ‘Reconciliation with Creation’ one of the key elements of its mission, calling on Jesuit ministries to develop concrete programs and initiatives to address environmental issues. More about these programs can be found at EcoJesuit.
Schools, social ministries, parishes and other ministries across the Province are engaging in reconciliation in a number of ways, including participating in the Season of Creation from 1 September to 4 October 2017. Beyond that, communities can encourage prayer and reflection on our relationship with creation using this ecological examen tool.