"Care for Our Common Home" Workshop Oct. 4 in Findlay

FINDLAY, OH—On St. Francis of Assisi’s Feast Day, Wednesday, Oct. 4, join Bishop Daniel E. Thomas for a workshop based on Pope Francis’s 2015 encyclical on ecology and climate change, Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Michael’s the Archangel Parish Activity Center, 750 Bright Road, Findlay, OH.  

Church leaders, teachers and the public are invited to attend this “Care for Our Common Home” Workshop to learn how we can live Laudato Si’ and fulfill our duty to care for all Creation. In his encyclical, Pope Francis offers a “A Prayer for Our Earth” and “A Christian Prayer In Union With Creation,” encouraging us to pray them often.

Laudato Si'The Workshop Agenda brings together speakers and the resources of Catholic Climate Covenant to discuss the need to act, our responsibility to act, as well as provide the needed tools, resources and best practices to help churches, schools and the public form “Creation Care Teams” in our communities and a Road Map for Success!

Speakers include: Jason Cervenec, Director for the Byrd Polar & Climate Research Center, OSU; Sr. Sharon Havelak, St. Francis of Sylvania & Lourdes University; Fr. Charles Ritter, Senior Status Priest Diocese of Toledo; and Justin Kale, Co-Owner of Energility

Following lunch, Bishop Daniel E. Thomas leads off the afternoon session directed to priests, deacons and other faith leaders on homiletics and practical pastoral resources by Fr. Michael Connors, CSC, ThD, Director of the John S. Marten Program in Homiletics and Liturgics, University of Notre Dame.

Cost is $20 for individuals pre-registered by Sept. 27 or $25 at the door. For more information or to register, call Nick Lyster, Catholic Charities Justice Ministries Coordinator at 419.214.4958 or email nlyster@toledodioese.org.

This workshop is in partnership with Catholic Climate Covenant and the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops. Catholic Climate Covenant inspires and equips people and institutions to care for creation and care for the poor. Through 16 national partners, they guide the U.S. Catholic Church’s response to climate change by educating, giving public witness and offering resources.

In 2015, Bishop Thomas formed a task force under the auspices of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo to increase community awareness of Laudato Si’ initiatives. The first event was an interfaith gathering at the Rosary Cathedral, to learn more about Laudato Si’ and how we can come together as a community to care for our common home. 

A 2016 workshop brought together local conservation groups and the community to showcase the resources available locally. A survey of faith-based groups indicated steps are needed to bring Laudato Si’ to the community through churches, prompting the Oct. 4 “Care for Our Common Home” Workshop.  

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