The Laudato Si Task Force works in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse to promote and encourage prayer, liturgy, dialog, and actions promoting the beauty and value of God’s creation. Our goals are for individuals and communities to increase their love and deep appreciation for God’s earth and to promote actions in support of healing and preserving our common home.
Pope Francis released an encyclical focused on ecology on June 18, 2015. The Catholic Church brings a distinct perspective to the discussion of environmental questions, by lifting up the moral dimensions of these issues and the needs of the most vulnerable among us.
This unique contribution is rooted in Catholic teaching calling us to care for creation and for "the least of these." [MT 25:40]
Read the encyclical in its entirety here.
- Confront Global Poverty
- Pope Francis Themes on Ecology (PDF)
- Church Teachings on Ecology (PDF)
- Caring for God's Creation: Resources for Liturgy, Preaching, and Taking Action' (PDF)
- Bulletin insert with overviews of the important themes of Laudato Si' (PDF)
- Discussion guide for small groups (PDF)
- Blog post -To Go Forth
- Press release from Archbishop Kurtz on the release of Laudato Si'
- Watch a video from The Vatican highlighting important talking points and topics for reflection from the encyclical
- Glossary of important terms from Laudato Si' courtesy of Catholic News Service
- Catholicism and the challenge of ecology (video)
- Catholic Relief Services
- Natural Resource Use
- Additional resources from Catholic Relief Services
- Presence of God in All Creation
- Ideas for families
- Care for our Common Home - Archdiocese of Atlanta\
- Catholic Creation Care