In Australia, 16-24 May 2022 has been set aside as Laudato Si’ Week by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. The week culminates on 24 May, the seventh anniversary of the publication of Pope Francis’ encyclical letter, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home.
Josephites have a long tradition of environmental and social awareness grounded in and inspired by the insights of our founders St Mary MacKillop and Fr Julian Tenison Woods, and have found deep resonances in Pope Francis’ letter.
During this week as we recall Pope Francis’ challenge to address the cry of Earth and the cry of people, we can draw inspiration from the writings of Fr Julian so clearly reflected in Laudato Si’.
Pope Francis wrote in Laudato Si’:
Quoting from his Geological Observations in South Australia, 1862, Fr Julian said:
During Laudato Si’ Week, Sisters, staff and colleagues will gather at St Joseph’s Spirituality and Education Centre in Kincumber, New South Wales for a three-day conference entitled Explore – Embrace – Embody.
This conference marks the next step in the development of the Sisters of Saint Joseph Laudato Si’ Action Plan. We hope to bring together the best of our Josephite tradition, the insights of our founders, the lived experience of Josephites, as well as insights from scripture, theology and our growing understanding of the cosmos as together we respond to the cry of Earth and its peoples.
Sr Mary Ellen O’Donoghue
Congregational Leadership Team