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Ladato Si’ Homily Helps

Ladato Si’ Homily Helps

A number of people, including Franciscan friars, have been working on reflections on the Sunday readings, with special reference to Ladato Si’.

The Catholic Climate Covenant and the Integral Faith Team (a working group of the Association of United States Catholic Priests) are delighted to make these resources available for homilists to help integrate the rich insights of Laudato Si’ and Christian care for creation into Sunday Mass. The “Homily Helps” include:

  • Highlights from the Scripture readings of the day
  • Relevant quotations from Laudato Si’
  • Brief commentary
  • Illustrations and anecdotes
  • Sample applications
  • Petitions to include in the Prayers of the Faithful
  • Bulletin notes

The Homily Helps can be found online, and you can also subscribe to get them through email. If you have questions or comments, please email info@catholicclimatecovenant.org.

Join the Ladato Si’ Revolution

Join the Ladato Si’ Revolution

The Laudato Si’ Revolution is a global campaign whose aim is to encourage and promote integral ecological conversion, i.e. environmental, economic and social ecology.

The human and social dimensions are at the heart of our campaign, as we want the values of social and environmental justice, care and respect for creation and intergenerational solidarity to be part of our daily lives.

More information can be found in the video of our Minister General below and on this website.

Systemic Racism Must End: Statement from the US-6 OFM Provinces

Systemic Racism Must End: Statement from the US-6 OFM Provinces

A message from the US-6 provincial ministers: 

At a time when the COVID-19 virus has disproportionately attacked people of color, we have witnessed the killing of George Floyd and the protests, sometimes violent, which have occurred in our cities in its aftermath. Our hearts go out to all affected. 

Even though, following in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi, we decry violence and desire peace, we stand in solidarity with our outraged African American brothers and sisters who demand an end to the deadly violence of racism. We cannot be indifferent when their God-given dignity is violated. 

As people of faith, we not only condemn the systemic racism that has led to these events, but we also re-dedicate ourselves to ending racial injustice in our provinces, in our Church, and in our nation and creating that space where Dr. Martin Luther King’s Beloved Community will flourish. 

David Gaa, OFM, Provincial Minister of St. Barbara Province
James Gannon, OFM, Provincial Minister of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Province
Kevin Mullen, OFM, Provincial Minister of Most Holy Name of Jesus Province
Thomas Nairn, OFM, Provincial Minister of Most Sacred Heart Province
Jack Clark Robinson, OFM, Provincial Minister of Our Lady of Guadalupe Province
Mark Soehner, OFM, Provincial Minister of St. John the Baptist Province

Franciscans International Celebrates 30 Years at UN

Franciscans International Celebrates 30 Years at UN

Franciscans International, the NGO of the Franciscan Family at the United Nations, is celebrating its 30-year anniversary. As the Minister General of the OFM Franciscans, Michael Perry, OFM, observes in this video, it was the Franciscan values of peace, poverty and planet that led us to the United Nations, where we have worked tirelessly to include them in UN discussions, documents and activities.

We invite you to look through through this reader-friendly booklet which presents the history of our common Franciscan ministry at the United Nations.

The booklet tells stories of struggles and achievements that were possible thanks to many of our Franciscan Sisters and Brothers working at the grassroots level as well as those working in the different FI offices, including our committed staff.

In these challenging times caused by the coronavirus, we also don’t want to forget the countless people that suffer of injustices and violence and whose dignity is not respected. At FI we continue to be in touch with Franciscans and other partners at the grassroots and we have already released statements on Covid-19 and human rights as well as Covid-19 and its intersection with extreme poverty and environmental justice.

You can download the booklet using the links below in EnglishFrenchGermanItalian, and Spanish. We also encourage you to share it widely with anyone you feel might be interested in our common ministry.

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