The Sisters of St Joseph of Carondelet and the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St Joseph truly celebrated Laudato Si’ Week this May 16-24! With a special focus on reducing or eliminating single-use plastics from our lives, our members were educated and inspired. We prayed together and acted as one.

The online discussion groups were energetic and insightful. After watching on our own, we had online discussions of two excellent videos on plastics (Frontline: Plastic Wars is still available for viewing). Participants had a profound appreciation for the reflective presentations offered by Sr. Linda Neil and illustrated by Sr. Marion Honors. Both “The Be-attitudes for Care of Our Common Home” and “Living Simply in a Consumer Society” are available to watch online.

Federation artists shared artwork, poems, and prayers for all to engage in reflection and use for social media.

All participants were invited to action by:

  • Expressing concern and calling for change at Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestlé for them to stop single-use plastic packaging.
  • Contacting their local stores and asking them to decrease carrying products packaged in single-use plastics
  • Asking their Congressional Representative to co-sponsor HR 3969, the Save Our Seas 2.0 Click here to learn more.
  • Taking one step further in their commitment to reduce their personal use of plastics, and share that commitment on social media. Click here to virtually sign the pledge.

Laudato Si’ Week was closed out with a powerful prayer celebrating the gifts and challenges of being members of this one sacred Earth community. It invited us to recommit to aligning with the Creator’s dream for our Earth.

Throughout the week participants shared their shock at how they have they have been duped by the plastic industry into thinking that recycling plastics was actually occurring when 91% of plastics produced in the last 15 years have not been recycled.

Inspiring poetry and quotes from Laudato Si’ helped participants go deeper as they pondered the calls of Laudato Si’ to care for our common home and simplify our life for the life of the world.

Inspired to make a difference, they journeyed farther in their commitment to action. Joining together they responded boldly to bring about systemic change to save our planet.

It’s not too late for those of you who were not available this week to share in these activities.  Links throughout this article will take you to resources and actions you can take. You can still find all of the details on our Laudato Si’ Week webpage.

   May 26th, 2020      Posted In: Congregation, Earth Spirituality, Featured Stories, Federation, In The News