Columban Resources to support Pope Francis' Laudato Si’

Media Release

Based on the experiences in the countries where we work, Columban Missionaries around the world have been offering their stories and resources over many years that support the message of Pope Francis' Laudato Si’.

Read the Columban media release: Pope Francis stirs up a storm.

Laudato Si' audio podcast

"Laudato Si’, mi’ Signore (Praise be to you, my Lord)"

In the words of this beautiful canticle, St Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. In 2015, Columban Missionaries welcomed and celebrated the release of Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the Environment, Laudato Si’ (published 18 June 2015).

Laudato Si’ Study and Action Guide

Columban Missionaries in the United States at the Columban Centre for Advocacy and Outreach, have compiled a Laudato Si’ Study and Action Guide to help people learn and reflect on Pope Francis’ teaching, and find direction on ways to respond. Suitable for individuals and small groups.

Columban Liturgy Resources

2017 Advent Resource Year B Advent - Whispers of God - Year B, 2017
Celebrate the liturgical seasons of Advent with the spirit of the environmental encyclical of Pope Francis Laudato Si’ (LS) in mind.
Advent: Whispers of God Advent Resource - Whispers of God
Columbans offer this Advent Resource as an aid to your teaching and preaching, to help us search for God’s presence.
Lent: The Grace of Earth Lenten Reflection Year A Lenten Reflection (Year A) - The Grace of Earth
The Grace of Earth consists of six worksheets relating to the Gospel readings that focus on six aspects of Earth's life support systems: Atmosphere, Oceans, Fresh Water, Land, Plant Life, Animal Life.
Lent: The Grace of Forests Lenten Reflection Year B

Lenten Resource (Year B) - The Grace of Forests
Reflecting on the readings of the Lenten Cycle for Year B in the light of six of Australian forest types.

A Catholic Season of Creation: Sundays of September (Year A) A Catholic Season of Creation - Sundays of September (Year A)
This liturgy resource explores the existing Catholic Lectionary to help us remember God’s seamless gift of Life in all Creation – people within the natural world.
A Catholic Season of Creation: Sundays of September (Year B) A Catholic Season of Creation - Sundays of September (Year B)
This liturgy resource explores the existing Catholic Lectionary to help us remember God’s seamless gift of Life in all Creation – people within the natural world.

Columban Newsletter

  • Explore the Columban eConnections newsletter archive featuring articles based on the themes of Peace, Ecology and Justice

Discussion Guides

Suitable for groups and individuals:

The Lantern Series The Lantern Series
Ffocuses on Evangelisation - Witnessing Christ in the World and tells stories of what Jesus means in Australia today.
The Gospel of Life The Gospel of Life
A series of 10 discussion and action sheets on Biblical themes of justice.
The Way of Peace Anzac Centeneray Edition Way of Peace: ANZAC Centenary Edition (1915 - 2015)
A set of 8 discussion and action sheets enabling Christian reflection and response during the time of the Anzac Centenary and beyond.
The Way of Peace The Way of Peace
A set of 8 discussion and action sheets based on developing a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence.

Faith Ecology Network

Explore the Faith Ecology Network (FEN) website. FEN is an interfaith network which works at strengthening dialogue between faith and ecology and is facilitated through the Columban Centre for Peace, Ecology & Justice.

Videos

Stations of the Forests (Australian Version)  Stations of the Forests (DVD Australian Version)
This prayerful resource laments the stages in the death of part of God’s Creation. It incorporates issues related to rainforest destruction: extractive industries, loss of biodiversity and climate change. 
Linking Ecology and Religion Linking Ecology and Religion
How can religion and science enhance each other? Watch a 10-part video series that explores the link between Ecology and Religion and features participants from a week-long immersion program in the Burren National Park, Ireland.

Articles

Faith Groups Ask Political Question  Faith Groups Ask Political Question 
Making a Faith Response to Climate Change Making a Faith Response to Climate Change
Pillars of Food Security  Pillars of Food Security
Sowing More Than Seeds Sowing More Than Seeds
Biodiversity Rooted in Genetic Diversity Biodiversity Rooted in Genetic Diversity
Movement of Peoples Movement of Peoples
The Root of All Evil The Root of All Evil
There is Hope There Is Hope

Columban Books

By Fr Sean McDonagh SSC:
(Visit Good Reads to view the book listing below)

  • Climate Change: The Challenge to All of Us
  • Dying for Water
  • Fukushima, The End of Nuclear Energy?
  • Passion for the Earth
  • The Death of Life: The Horror of Extinction
  • The Greening of the Church
  • To Care for the Earth

By Fr Charles Rue SSC:

Books from Columban Conferences:

Columban Missionaries - Worldwide links

United Kingdom

United States

  • Centre for Advocacy and Outreach: Focuses on Migration, Economic Justice, Peace and Reconciliation and Environmental Justice in the region of the United States

Philippines