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Laudato Si’ Circles

ABOUT LAUDATO SI’ CIRCLES

Laudato Si’ Circles are small groups that meet regularly to deepen their relationship with God as Creator and all members of creation.

Prayer

Prayer with and for creation, for instance through praying outside or an ecological examen,

Reflection

Reflection on participants’ ongoing process of ecological conversion, particularly as it relates to issues of simplicity and consumption, and

Action

Group action, such as local community engagement and activism, greening of local Catholic facilities, fossil fuel divestment, participation in Season of Creation, and more.

STORIES FROM CIRCLES

Laudato Si’ Circle Prayer Service at Czech Climate Camp

The Laudato Si’ Circle in Prague recently joined the the Climate Camp which is taking place in the Czech Republic. It is a week-long gathering of climate and environmental activists and is at present culminating in three days of direct action including acts of peaceful civil disobedience, in particular a blockade of one of the dirtiest coal power plants in this country. read more

Laudato Si’ Circle in Boston

Barbara just helped start a Laudato Si’ Circle in Boston, United States. The group is reading Laudato Si’ together in preparation for celebrating Season of Creation in September. See her description of their meetings which includes time outside communing with creation and then reflecting in pairs. read more

Circles meet regularly, from weekly to monthly. Circles take place in homes, parishes, student groups, and more. If you already have a local group, this could be a useful format and supportive community to assist you. If you’d like to start a group, Circles provides all the materials you need.

“The ecological conversion needed to bring about lasting change is also a community conversion.” (LS 219)

WHY CIRCLES MATTER

  1. We all need a community to live the Laudato Si’ message. We can’t do it alone. We need a group of peers.
  2. The local level is where real action can take place, given the inaction of national governments and international forums.
  3. The urgency couldn’t be greater. The severity of climate change and the ecological crisis require immediate, bold action.

Register your Circle

Register your Circle

“local . . . groups can make a real difference” (Laudato Si’ 179)

Free Laudato Si’ Circle resources

Join our next training call

Start a Laudato Si’ Circle

Use our monthly reflection resources

Get ongoing support for your Laudato Si’ Circle

  • Join our quarterly calls for Laudato Si’ Circle facilitators. Pray, share your experience of running a Circle, and discuss ways to strengthen the Laudato Si’ Circle program.
    • Connect with your fellow Laudato Si’ Circle leaders at 10 AM New York/4 PM Rome on these dates:
      • August 7, 2019
      • November 6, 2019
      • February 5, 2020
      • May 6, 2020
    • The link to join by your computer is here. You may also find a dial-in phone number for your county here (the meeting code is 281-814-947).
    • Calls are held in English.
  • Join our Google group to get updates and engage in ongoing discussion on this initiative.

Take the next step

  • Participate in the Laudato Si’ Animators online training program, which provides practical tools to animate a local group or community to take action and “live Laudato Si”.
  • Organize a Laudato Si’ Retreat as a way for your group to dive more deeply into the essence of the Laudato Si message. A retreat could also be a good way to engage new people to join your Circle.

Find a Laudato Si’ Circle

Interested in joining a Laudato Si’ Circle? Check the list below to find if one exists in your community. If it doesn’t, consider starting one using the resources above.