This website was established in 2019-2020 for the Laudato Si circle of South Belconnen's Catholic parish. South Belconnen is in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) in the Archdiocese of Canberra (CBR) and Goulburn.
The Archdiocese is very diverse - encompassing rural western plains and rivers, coastal forest, high country alps and headwaters, and major centres including the Australian national capital city of Canberra (CBR).
With support from our Archbishop +Christopher, an archdiocesan-wide Caring for Creation movement (CfC) is now being established. This website also now provides some hosting for this CfC movement across the Archdiocese of CBR-Goulburn.
A copy of the papal encyclical Laudato Si On Care for Our Common Home is available by hyperlink above. There is an excellent presentation summarising its key teachings at Jacqui Remond's webinar video below. Jacqui is an ecological educator and international consultant in the area based in Sydney, Australia and extending across Australasia and beyond. Interested persons are encouraged to view this video.
Laudato Si action planning
Following the 5 year Jubillee for the encyclical about Care for Our Common Home the Vatican is now encouraging responses and implmentation of the teachings through planned local actions by parishes, schools, archdioceses, businesses, families, individuals etc. The aim is over the next 7 years to grow responses through improved understanding of the teachings and through practical actions under locally generated Laudato Si action plans (LSAPs).
The Vatican's action planning framework with tailored resources can be found at https://laudatosiactionplatform.org/about/ . Following launch on 4-October 2021 there is a 40 day period of reflection and discernment to mid-November, after which organisations are encouraged to pledge their commitment through the global action planning site.
Some details on the work of the BelSouth Parish Laudato Si circle is summarised in the PDF flyer below. The flyer also has contact details for the circle. Also some discussion in the Practice webinar video below as at June 2020 may be of interest.
Caring for Creation (CfC) movement in CBR-Goulburn
As noted above development of Laudato Si responses through the CfC movement is being considered in 2021 for the Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese more broadly and guided by our Archbishop Christopher Prowse - see https://www.catholicvoice.org.au/movement-on-laudato-si/ and our Chaplain Fr Mick MacAndrew PP (Cooma) - see https://www.catholicvoice.org.au/blessing-on-st-barbaras-day/
Parish Ecological "Footprint"
An article on the parish Ecological "Footprint" project in August 2020 is at https://www.catholicvoice.org.au/pope-francis-saves-belconnen-parish-money/ . As at August 2021 an upgrade to solar capacity is being embarked upon under the Parish Finance Council which will put the parish on a path towards carbon neutrality.
Some small scale work has also been initiated for recycling and biodiversity stewardship in the Church grounds.
A current project related to installing residential solar power may also be of interest - see https://www.catholicvoice.org.au/switch-on-sunshine/
The CfC movement is also planning to encourage ecological assessments and actions more broadly across the Archdiocese.
Ecumenical Dialogue, Events & Links
Details of current events of interest and links to related sites are also contained in the following pages.
We have links to the global Laudato Si' movement - details are at our Links page. Globally the Church is working closely with other faiths on care for our common home - eg see joint statements at Choose Life .
the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference through its Office of Justice, Ecology & Peace launched a major Social Justice Statement "Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor" in August 2021 - links to this are at our Events page
an ecumenical dialogue group has been looking at Laudato Si, listening to indigenous perspectives and considering the Climate for Change. See also our Ecumenical Dialogue page.
Find out more
South Belconnen Laudato Si Circle .... see PDF below for explanation