“Everyone’s talents and involvement are needed”
Laudato Si, 14
Become a Laudato Si’ Animator. Receive in-depth online training and inspire your community to care for creation.
How Animators Light the Way.
Join this global movement and care for creation.
This course will empower you to bring Laudato Si’ to life:
- Learn how Laudato Si’ is part of Catholic social teaching to protect human dignity and the common good.
- Understand the causes of climate change and how it affects “the least of these”.
- See your deep connections to this crisis–and to the movement that’s solving it.
- Practice leadership in your community and reflect on your growth together
- Connect to your faith and the values we hold dear.
- Dedicate yourself to a lifelong journey of ecological conversion, protecting the our sisters and brothers and the common home we share.
The course will start on 29 July. Over the course of five weeks, you’ll join a global community of Catholics in learning modules that progress from week to week. By 2 September, the modules will be finished. By 4 October, the Feast of St. Francis, you’ll complete a project to engage and inform your community. Optional webinars will be available if you’d like additional support from the global community as you’re preparing your community project.
World-Renowned Expert Speakers & Topics
Fr. Joshtrom Kureethadam
Coordinator of the Vatican’s Ecology and Creation section in the Dicastery of Integral Human Development
Fr. Joshtrom Isaac Kureethadam is Coordinator of the Sector of “Ecology and Creation” at the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. He is also Chair of Philosophy of Science and Director of the Institute of Social and Political Sciences at the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome. He was a Research Scholar at the University of Oxford where he is an Academic Visitor from 2011. His most recent books include Creation in Crisis: Science, Ethics and Theology (Orbis Books, 2014), The Philosophical Roots of the Ecological Crisis (Cambridge Scholars, 2017), The Ten Green Commandments of Laudato Si’ (Liturgical Press, 2018).
International Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Coordinator for Columban Missionaries and Board Chair, GCCM
Board Chair Amy Woolam Echeverria currently serves as the International Coordinator for Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation for the Missionary Society of St.
Executive Director, GCCM
Tomás is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, working to help the Catholic Church turn the Laudato Si’ call into bold action for climate justice. He was previously a Fulbright Scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School, served in the UN Climate Secretariat doing political outreach and comms for the COP21, worked as a marketeer with Google for Latin America and Southeast Asia, and co-founded a faith-based nonprofit doing social justice work in the slums of Buenos Aires. He completed a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in climate policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and a Master’s degree in Public Policy at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. He grew up in Buenos Aires, where he had his spiritual home with the OFM Franciscan friars, and lives in Rome with his wife, Vicky.
Are Qualifications or experience necessary?
NO! No expertise is needed. People from all backgrounds and walks of life have what it takes to share the message of creation care with their communities. The climate crisis affects all of us, and we’re all needed to solve it.
The climate crisis is a big challenge, and it requires a big response. This course will prepare you for spiritual growth and transformative community leadership. The course includes weekly readings, videos, participation inn four webinars (or watching recordings), completing homework, writing reflections, and participation in online discussion groups.
How long does the course take?
The webinars will take one hour each, and together with the other activities, the course should take three to four hours each week. There are additional resources for those who wish to be more engaged.
What are the next steps after training?
You’ll work with your community to organize an activity that brings Laudato Si’ to life during the Season of Creation. We are aware that in many countries, physical gatherings are restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic, so we’ll learn about creative ways to take action online.
Will I receive a certificate at the end of the course?
YES! If you have completed all the requirements, you will be issued a certificate of completion, which will be distributed during the online graduation in October.