Update on the Dorothy Stang Initiative on Laudato Si' Platform

As we head into Earth Day weekend, I'd like to update you with the progress we have reached so far in the Dorothy Stang Initiative on Laudato Si' Platform.

Last November, The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Ohio Province have enthusiastically embraced this call from Pope Francis to begin planning ways to live out his encyclical Laudato Si’ on Care for our Common Home. We have formed our steering committee and have committed to making significant changes to the way we approach our care for creation. Since then the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur have reached out to our community, friends, associates, and volunteers to assist us in our long range planning for the Dorothy Stang Initiative for Laudato Si Action.

We are excited that so many participated and wanted to let you know the data collection and processing is now complete. Collectively, along with our sisters, associates, board members, staff and extended Notre Dame de Namur family, we have identified these top three priorities for our strategic planning on caring for the earth:

  • Reduction in usage of plastics and avoidance of single-use plastics
  • Guaranteed access to clean water
  • Reduction in usage of fossil fuels and increase in usage of clean energy.

The established Dorothy Stang Committee, along with a task force assigned to each priority, that will develop goals and objectives. Should you wish to be more involved as this initiative develops, please contact Teresa Phillips at [email protected] along with which priority you would like involvement.

Stay Active! Stay Engaged!

Teresa Phillips
Director of Office of Justice Peace and Care for Creation

ACTION LIST:

Join us in prayer for the increasing numbers of people finding it difficult to feed their families. The Jesuits have several prayers to choose from HERE.

Consider contact your elected officials to request the increase of the refugee admission goal for FY 2023. More info at Church World Service's website.

Join NETWORK to ask COngress to expand and extend the Child Tax Credit. Send a note through NETWORK's website.

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati Social Action Office is looking for people interested in conversing across the aisle. Join a two-part online workshop that brings together conservative leaning (red) and liberal leaning (blue) citizens for structured discussions and provides guidance within the framework of Catholic values. June 2 and June 9, 6 - 9 p.m. Register HERE.

Catholic Relief Services invites you to a webinar on May 12, 2022 entitled Migration in the Americas: Promoting Rootedness. Register HERE.

Would you join Amnesty International’s call to President Biden? We watch the horror unfolding in Ukraine and we support President Biden’s plan to accept Ukrainian refugees. Join the call HERE.

Join the Laudato Si' Climate Action Platforms. More info HERE

Catholic Charities of Southwest Ohio’s Refugee Resettlement Program will help at least 50 Afghans settle in the area over the next few months. CCSWO needs volunteers and donations of money and household items. Click here for more info.

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