North Sydney Parish will be hosting a Laudato Si’ Mass and conversation on 2 February, with special guest Fr Pedro Walpole SJ.
Fr Walpole is the coordinator of EcoJesuit, an international network of Jesuits and partners working on ecological issues. He is the Director of Research at the Institute of Environmental Science for Social Change in the Philippines, and the Coordinator of Reconciliation with Creation for the Jesuit Conference Asia Pacific.
Fr Walpole was part of a delegation to Bonn in November last year for the COP23 climate conference. In a statement at the conclusion of the meeting, the EcoJesuit team called for more united action and communication in the global community:
‘In living Laudato Si’, social, educational, and pastoral institutions and works are called to be a more decisive witness to and engagement with the cry of the people and the cry of the earth. In reflecting upon the state of the world, we need to discern more deeply our priorities and commitment for more focused collective participation through the Church that cares for creation.
‘Pope Francis reminds us that “the ecological crisis is also a summons to profound interior conversion…and that Jesus lived in full harmony with creation…” He thus calls us in the Church to accompany communities of justice and practice in sharing a moral compass and engendering greater hope.’
Laudato si’ Mass – Friday 2 February, 5.30 to 6.15pm, St Mary’s Church, 42 Ridge Street, North Sydney.
An Australia-Philippines Conversation about Laudato si’ with Fr Pedro Walpole SJ – Friday 2 February, 6.30-7.30pm, North Sydney Parish Centre, 42 Ridge Street, North Sydney.
For more on EcoJesuit, go to http://www.ecojesuit.com/.